Eva Solo Creates Designer Homes for Birds

Simplicity, distinct lines and a high degree of functionality: These are the three qualities with which Eva Solo describes itself. The Danish company specializes in design pieces which bring Nordic elegance into kitchen, bathroom or  outdoors. A wide selection of everyday objects has been developed and produced with the help of some of the best design professionals and they have been awarded with over 150 Danish and international design prices over the time. This year they can celebrate a big anniversary: one hundred years in business!

The latest additions to their product range are stylish feeder items for birds. The mini feeder balls are small bowls made of glass shaped in a simplistic design inspired by weaver birds’ nests. They can be hung outside onto a tree, a bush or near the balcony and provide small domestic birds with necessary nutrients during the cold winter and throughout the year. Because of its  transparent material the animals can be observed from all angles.

The bird table helps feeding the birds as well, but this piece comes in two forms: hanging from a tree or standing in the ground. It has a sculptural classic design formed by two semi-circular halves. Its material is white steel which makes it pretty durable.

Whichever model you choose, you can be sure that the looks of it will attract not only birds but also those who appreciate designer garden products.

 Further Information: evasolo.com

3 questions to: Stephanie Mangold-Gencel

Troas is a producer and exporter of natural stones from Turkey. Their product range includes ornamental stones, erratic boulders and granite setts. The stones are being shipped all over the world. The ornamental stones are being used mostly for exterior decoration, but can also be used for interiors. Stephanie Mangold-Gencel is working in distribution since 2006.

Troas offers a wide range of natural stones. Where do you get the stones from?
The stones are broken down in Turkish stone pits. Then they are tumbled in a barrel where they get their round form. Depending on the type of stone this process can take four to twenty hours.

Who are your customers?
We ship to any company which will buy a whole container – around 25 tons. Right now we are selling to 45 countries all over the world. Our customers are mostly natural stone dealers but also hardware stores and landscape gardeners.

How many different kinds of stone do you sell?
We have an assortment of 41 different types of pebbles and broken down ornamental stones. There are all kinds of colors available, from white to grey, green and red tones and also black.

Further information: troas.com.tr

Outdoor living: Decoration trends 2013

Exotic plants, indirect lighting and romantic accessories – these may sound like design ideas for a nice living room, but they are in fact the latest outdoor living trends.

The dreary balcony can be transformed into a cosy living area with the new trend colours white, brown and blue. Or if your customers are fans of bright and powerful colours they can choose from a big range of new products.