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

German Hotelier Builds Luxury Eco-Holiday Homes on Bali

The delMango Couture Retreat is a new development on Bali by German hotelier Frank M. Pfaller, who describes it as Bali’s first ‘eco-luxury couture retreat’, and located in Seminyak, not far from the international airport. This exclusive hideaway will have 14 private villas with one to three bedrooms. The residences are between 233 and 457 square metres, each with a private pool, first-class hotel service and a decided orientation towards nature and the environment. The establishment is due to open in the autumn. The ‘del’ brand stands for discerningly eco luxury: the development has an unmistakeable strategic orientation towards sustainability in all aspects of the structure, consumption of utilities, and everyday operation.

The delMango Couture Retreat combines cosmopolitan comfort and convenience with avant-garde design, with a unique international lifestyle message. Herr Pfaller has made a careful study of the preferences shown by frequent international travellers, but in his brand marketing uses the German term ‘Lebensart’ (‘way of life’; ‘savoir-vivre’) in lieu of the much over-used English word ‘Lifestyle’. Frank M. Pfaller’s company Selected Estates of Asia Pte. Ltd. Singapore, is seen as a pioneer in the development of luxury resorts and has won awards such as the ‘Green Star Diamond Award’ from the well-known American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

The establishment is surrounded by fabulous tropical gardens, while the roomy villas have generously dimensioned reception and lounge areas designed by the internationally known Bali architects Yoko Sara and Ketut Arthana. The interior design is deliberately understated, but with a distinct international flavour by Nobuyiki Narabayashi of Japan – and so in tune with the preferences of Japanese clients, one of the main target customer groups. Herr Pfaller says the structure makes use of typical Bali shapes and materials such as bamboo; for eco-luxury has always been oriented to the ethnic traditions of the host destination, and must match up to strict ethical criteria with respect use of natural resources such as water and energy.

Nine of the 14 villas are already sold. If the owner is not in residence, then the villas are available for rent at a cost of between $390 (a small one-bedroom villa in the off-season) and $1,155 (three-bedroom villa in the main season) per night – inclusive of chef-butler and afternoon-tea ceremony.

More information from: www.selectedhotels.biz/


(Source: www.tophotelprojects.com)


Mediterranean Lifestyle

Each and every five-star hotel in the Kempinski Group has its own unique style. The portfolio embraces city hotels, grand hotels, holiday resorts and residences – particularly in Europe, but also in Africa, the Middle East, Far East and Asia.

Completed in February this year, the Kempinski residences in the Croatian resort of Savudrija are among the most exclusive of their type in the world. Residences are surrounded by luxurious vegetation, and guests have a view of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. In particular, the outdoor facilities provide unsurpassed comfort, convenience and elegance. The architect Ante Vrban chose furniture from Vondom, of Spain: these were from the Rest Collection, Alma by A-cero, Vertex by Karim Rashid, Llum pot by Studio Vondom, Fiesta by Archirivolto Design and Moma by Javier Mariscal.

Vondom is based in Valencia and exports furniture all over the world. This young, innovative and dynamic manufacturer uses advanced production technology to make furniture from renewable materials. Their motto is: “We work at Vondom to create art; we are always on the lookout for the natural beauty that is embedded in the nature of the respective product.”

Their long list of customers includes other top hotels such Nhow Berlin, Puerta America Madrid, W Hotel Taiwan and Fullerton Singapore.

Petals on the lawn! Red dot product design award 2012 for “shallow swing”

The design of “shallow swing” represents lightness and was inspired by the idea of petals on a lawn. The hand-crafted wooden frame curves gently and is glued together by hand with a lamination process that provides weatherproofing.

The wooden frame is covered with fabric. Gisbert Baarmann, the designer of this generously sized wooden form, calls it a “hyperbolic parabola”. A circular base has been twisted in a way which creates two pairs of high and low points opposite one another. “shallow swing” is a lightweight, dimensionally stable and yet elastic, transparent structure for dozing or gently rocking as well as offering protection from the sun.

“shallow swing” won the red dot product design award 2012. The jury´s statement: “shallow swing is a highly attractive piece of gardenfurniture for both sitting and rocking. It is the expression of an innovative design concept that brings together design and handicraft. shallow swing provides an effortless transition between the outdoor and the indoor worlds.”

Further information: shallowswing.de

Dutch Design for Olympia

The Olympic Games in London are just around the corner. Various firms have already gained major success in making the event possible. In conjunction with LDA Design London, Hargreaves Associates and Arup, the company Streetlife has made an important contribution to the Olympic Parklands London 2012. Visitors are able to sit down on the special benches designed by Streetlife.

The Olympic Wave Benches have been specially designed for the Olympic Games 2012. Dozens of long configurations, more than 10 metres in length, have been placed along the Water Works in Stratford. The spacious and slightly curved benches ensure a light-hearted and elegant element within the Parklands blueprint. The design displays a modern and natural character, in line with the English garden tradition and the gentle slopes in the English landscape.

At the same time, Streetlife has also delivered the architectonic Long&Lean and Rough&Ready benches around the stadiums, as well as hundreds of WoodTop systems to create seating along the stairs in the Park.

Peter Krouwel, designer and director of Streetlife, is proud of his team: ‘You don’t simply get appointed as a supplier to the Olympic Games in London. We have been selected on the basis of quality and expertise. It is an honor to prove your skills on this global Olympic platform.’

Streetlife designs and supplies street furniture, tree products, bridges and decks. The company, founded by Peter Krouwel in 1997, now has branches in Leiden, The Netherlands, and Malmo, Sweden. Streetlife has an in-house design and engineering team that delivers sustainable building elements for landscape or urban layout plans. More than half of the projects are currently realized outside the Netherlands. The beginning of this year witnessed the launch of the new 2012-2013 Collection: 276 product pages in one book. The Collection has attracted much international interest partly as a consequence of the basic design principles of ‘sustainability and longevity’.

Further information: streetlife.nl