Cologne: Where the world’s green sector gets together

Around 2,000 suppliers from 52 countries present in the next three days, trends and innovations in Cologne.

As always, spoga+gafa stands out through its truly cosmopolitan environment. 80% of exhibitors came from abroad to the City on the Rhine. European countries such as Italy, the Netherlands and Britain are very well represented. But even far away nations including Bolivia, El Salvador and New Zealand show a solid presence at spoga+gafa.

 

The Lightness of Being

Younger consumers in particular are looking to “chill out” and relax outdoors – but things have to be chic.

So for the 2013 season, manufacturers are presenting casual, cool lounge sofas and playful creations which invite people to just “hang out”. Furniture boasts quality materials and elegant designs without giving the effect of being too formal. And comfy, cosy outdoor cushions mustn’t be forgotten. Seating systems are particularly practical as they have been designed to be easily rearranged, again and again.

An easy and relaxed atmosphere can also be created on a balcony or terrace by airy webbed furniture, with pieces that are elegantly formed and have fine structural lines that create a fascinating play of light and shadow. There are a number of different types of these filigree pieces – from furniture made of parquetry or having rungs to pieces with textile webbing or metallic latticework. In the course of all this, one classic style in particular is enjoying a renaissance – the spaghetti chair. New materials are opening up fresh design possibilities for manufacturers helping to drive this trend.

 

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.

For further information: graf-water.com