The one and only online garden camping community in the world

campinmygarden.com is the first and only website advertising private gardens as micro campsites. It was launched in April 2011 with an open invitation to all.

As a member of the community everyone is able to advertise his own garden as a campsite or book accommodation in other community gardens. The offered gardens vary in standard from “bumping” (basic camping) to “glamping” (glamorous camping).

And if you are looking for some fancy tents, visit FieldCandy, the exciting design-led brand for tents. Created by designers such as David Bowie artwork creator Terry Pastor, graphic designer Jonathan Zawada, art director Luke Bonner, and Illustrators Emma Bennett and John Wilhelm, each tent is limited to a few hundred and then deleted to ensure exclusivity. The tents come along with extra strong pegs, heavy duty zips and lockable storage pouches. FieldCandy tents are designed for extreme performance activities as well as festivals and more sedate camping trips. And you needn’t faff around buying extras because each tent comes with combination padlocks, a hammer, tent peg puller and indestructible instructions. You even get a grass-scented sachet to get you in the outdoor mood. Good weather not included.

For further information: campinmygarden.com and fieldcandy.com

Building Industry: Euroconstruct anticipates no growth – German Architects Optimistic

The international credit crunch has taken an increasing toll of the building industry, for which reason the European Building Industry’s trade association Euroconstruct has downsized its forecast for the coming months. For 2012 the association has reduced the growth forecast by –0.3 to –2.1 percent. The German building industry has likewise reduced its growth forecast from +1.8 percent to +0.4 percent. Industry activity is not set to grow again until 2014, but then by 1.7 percent. Even so, it will take several years for growth to exceed the level of 2008.

The Euroconstruct figures indicate that the only two countries whose building industry output has increased by more than two percent are Denmark and Norway, while Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK are all below two percent. But there is good news for German architects, who are generally in a positive mood. The regular survey of independent architects undertaken by the Ifo-Institut for the first quarter of this year indicates that their business is clearly improving. The last time the mood was this good was in the mid-1990s – in the final phase of Germany’s reunification boom.

The responding architects indicated that their current level of business was now considerably better than in the previous quarters. In particular, the number of architects who described their current position as ‘good’ had increased from 26 percent in the last quarter of 2011 to 45 percent in the first quarter of 2012. The Ifo Institut says this is a uniquely high quotient. At the same time, only one fifth of respondents described their current business levels as ‘bad’ (previous quarter 23 percent).

Even so, respondents said the anticipated level of business had hardly changed from one quarter to the next. The number of architects with an optimistic view declined by three percent from 17 to 14 percent – but at the same time the number of sceptical architects declined by two percent to 13 percent.

New Opening: Twixt Boulders and Mexican Vineyards — the ‘Endémico’

Breathtaking location: the first Design Hotels establishment was opened in late June and is located at the heart of Mexico’s Baja California region, nestling on the slope of a secluded hillside in the leading national wine district. The design of the Endémico — taken from the Spanish ‘endemic’ — is highly appropriate for the beauty of the surrounding unspoiled landscape: the emptiness and seclusion of the desert, and luxuriant vineyard slopes.

The exciting outcome was 20 luxury residential cubes blending seamlessly into their natural surroundings; with private terraces having an unobstructed view of the Valle de Guadalupe. At night, guests may warm themselves in front of a traditional Kivas clay hearth, imbibe the local wine and gaze at the stars. In the swimming pool, guests soak up the seclusion while drinking in the view.

The tasteful interior design of the residential cubes was inspired by the rustic bareness of the immediate surroundings. Furniture is simple, yet elegant; in addition to the minimalist fittings and furnishings, but not at the expense of modern comforts and luxury.

Mexico’s Hotelgruppe Grupo Habita is operated by hotelier partners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, both active supporters of the environment, society, business and culture in the regions in which they build hotels. For example, the environmentally friendly residential Endémico cubes are held clear of the ground on stilts, minimising their impact on the soil and landscape. The cubes are made of Corten steel and wood, so structures weather as time goes by, and were erected by a team of regional craftsmen, in cooperation with Gracia Studio.

Further information: designhotels.com/endemico

 

White is the Fitness Colour

Holiday time is here at last, but what about the weather? There’s no other choice, than to catch a ‘plane to the sunny south; or maybe, a hotel with a luxurious health centre and spa where you can ‘let it all hang out’, surrender to the luxury of health and beauty treatments and recharge the batteries. However, it takes the right good quality equipment and furniture to create the right atmosphere; the colour of choice is white, which has long since come to symbolise purity and clarity. It gives a room a generous and elegant appearance, and relaxes the eyes.

The new generation of spa furniture from Projectform is in-line with this trend but with subtle differences: ‘silk-white’ incorporates a light beige in the weave, while ‘seashell’ shimmers in unobtrusive grey. In spite of its enclosed shape, the compact ‘Lotus’ lounge-landscape appears lightweight and striking. By contrast, ‘Embrace’ allows for many combinations and arrangements of chairs, tables and stools.

The vast available range of choice extends from hot-stone massage to algae-packs and herbal baths, but in the final analysis the choice is a subjective one, just like one’s personal niche. If the lounge seats demand too much strength, maybe Projectform’s wellness couches are the answer. They combine functionality with design, adjustable head- and foot-rests, or ergonomically shaped couch surfaces, conforming with the entire body shape to guarantee a comfortable resting posture. The ‘Gardino-Geflecht’ (‘Gardino Weave’) is particularly suited for spa areas: it dries quickly, is easy to clean, strong, and has a long service life.

We proudly present the winners of the garden unique contest 2012 “Dining Outdoors”

A conference call was held between the six members of the jury and although it was tough, a decision was made for the best three. These three winners will have their ideas prototyped and displayed at the spoga+gafa in Cologne from September 2nd to 4th 2012.

The first prize went to the transportable “garden kitchen” Canorta by Reto Togni from Switzerland. It was judged by the jury to be “playing with the robust simpleness of proven systems in a useful way. Its unpretentious but reliable appearance encourages the user to take an invitation to the garden or courtyard as a spontaneous and straightforward action to tackle.”

The second prize was given to a subtle delicate ensemble of garden chair and table called LINEA by Marco Gottardi from Italy. The jury was persuaded by “the timelessness achieved through basic forms, which go back to classic outdoor furniture archetypes. Surprising interactions with their very own poetry can be expected through the intended Moiré-effect of overlapping strips of seat, backrest and table top.”

The third winner is the felt bottle cooler by Manfred Makedonski from Germany. The jury is convinced, that this cooler solves the problem at a picnic of toppling bottles on the meadow by “simple elegance” and “quality materials.”

For further information: gardenunique.de