Casual, cool chic and sustainable power – these are the trends 2013

Even if the weather has left something to be desired this season, the garden is still the favourite place for Germans to spend their time.

That’s where 41 per cent of the population prefer to make themselves comfortable in the summertime according to the results of a recent online survey by Ipsos Observer done on behalf of Quelle. What is especially interesting is the fact that in order to enjoy their own bit of green space, Germans are willing to give up a few things. 52.5 per cent said that during the warmer months they would be willing to give up television in favour of spending time in their garden, and almost 42 per cent would even give up their sofa. These are ideal prerequisites for doing good business in the outdoor sector. That’s especially true as the trend toward high-quality products continues to get stronger. Casual, cool lounge creations, chairs and easy chairs with delicate latticework, and outdoor furniture that has an indoor feeling are all becoming increasingly popular. Customers seeking barbecues, garden equipment and garden care products want individuality, sustainability and comfort.

All of next season’s outdoor trends will be presented by around 1,700 suppliers at spoga+gafa in Cologne from 2nd to 4th September 2012.


Stylish Tanks by GRAF

Be smart – use rainwater!

GRAF offers a range of stylish harvesting rainwater tanks for your garden which are both kind on your purse and extremely pleasing to the eye. Smart people water their garden with rainwater. There is nothing better for plants. Rainwater tanks are therefore becoming an increasingly common feature in gardens. A plant cup is integrated, so tha the rainwater tank looks like a huge amphora.

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Indoor feeling goes outdoor

The borders between indoor and outdoor get more and more blurred. This trend has reached an exciting point and will be shown at the garden fair spoga+gafa 2012.

Outdoor furniture made in typical indoor forms – rocking chairs for example – will be presented with cover materials that look and feel like interior textiles or leather.

By adding carpeting, lamps and small furniture items, a complete living scenario can be created. Even weatherproof outdoor paintings are part of the range.

The idea to make one’s own yard as smart as a living room has now touched high end garden accessories. Next season manufacturers will be offering stylish garden houses or rainwater tanks that look like expensive stonework or free standing water taps in a granite column.

Barbecuing for every taste

Even when it comes to barbecues, conventional models just aren’t very popular anymore.

Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. To meet the demand, manufacturers will be presenting models in bright colours such as pink, green and red – and even in the colours of various football, handball and ice hockey teams for die-hard fans. At the same time, barbecues offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. For that special taste there are even briquettes made from grapevines. In addition, the trend is for having a complete grill centre, that fulfils all of one’s culinary desires. There are also built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. For the ease and comfort of consumers that enjoy grilling on the beach or in the park, a brand new idea has emerged – a bicycle trailer that can be converted into a barbecue in the twinkling of an eye. It’s practical and charming!

In order to make the outdoor fun last as late into the night as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing. The lighting of water features continues to be the strongest trend, along with weatherproof lamps, that catch the eye with their extravagant, sculptural forms, Accent lighting and LED strips can be used for many applications – in a swimming pool or garden pond and as a spotlight on small waterfalls and outdoor walls.