„Evergreen“ from Berlin

“Evergreen” is a moss which provides itself with water and nutrition from the environment.

The Freund company, situated in Berlin, is convinced that their green moss walls are able to transform the point of sale into a point of leisure. Consumers will love the green moss walls, because indoor plants  improve wellbeing.

The moss walls can be seen on the boulevard of ideas (entrance North) on the spoga+gafa, Cologne.

Further information: freundgmbh.com


A woven story: Alexander Rose presents outdoor furniture on spoga+gafa 2012

Alexander Rose is recognized throughout the UK and Europe for the quality and design of their outdoor furniture.

Their inspiring ranges of garden furniture are designed to make you feel at home in your garden. They offer a substantial choice of traditional and contemporary furniture, all designed and produced to exacting standards. Alexander Rose furniture is crafted for life, made for all seasons, and built to last.

For example the Ocean Range is woven with a triple tone bronze fibre in a V pattern that enhances the form of each model. This distinctive trade mark sets the collection apart from the simple straight weaving commonly used within the industry. The Ocean Range now consists of over twenty models across three sections – Maldives, Fiji and Wave – and has become firmly established within the Alexander Rose catalogue of innovative furniture, with a reputation for its originality, stunning looks and high quality hand crafted weaving.

Every model in the Ocean Range has been designed and developed between Alexander Rose in the UK and the team at Woven Furniture in the Philippines. From concept designs to technical fabrication drawings, each and every minute detail is carefully considered to achieve the best possible weaving and ultimate comfort. The inhouse designers of Alexander Rose are constantly developing new and inspiring furniture for the future, keeping the company at the forefront of design innovation and continue to maintain an excellent reputation within the garden furniture industry.

For further information: alexander-rose.co.uk/

Zic Zac – For very small outdoor spaces, for picnics or open air day trips

Zic Zac is a practical balcony set which brightens the atmosphere with its fresh and cheerful vitality, its colours and its design. Zic Zac is ideal for small outdoor spaces.

One side of the Zic table can be attached to the wall and because of a simple mechanism, it can be easily closed and folded down. It is possible to store two Zac chairs inside. But it is also possible to use Zic table in a traditional way freestanding like a camping table. The whole set is available in seven different shades, form bright colours of fizzling orange, purple, red and lime green to the more subtle ones like anthracite, white and grey. Zic Zac is lightweight and easy to handle. It doesn´t require any end-of-season maintenance because the set is made of polypropylene fibre-glass, a material characterized by strong resistance to atmospheric pollutants.

Further information: nardigarden.com

3 questions to: Rick Mulligan

In Germany interior architect Rick Mulligan is well known from his TV appearances giving advice and suggestions for home improvements. He sees his role as being the interface between high-quality craftsmen, and his clients’ individual wishes. As an architect, he facilitates the design and installation of a high quality home interior, and advises the client from the initial design of the house, through to the garden layout.

Mr. Mulligan: increasingly, outside areas are coming to resemble the living room with comfortable sofas, armchairs and carpets. But the fact is that in our part of the world, the outdoor temperatures are not often warm enough to sit outside. What do you think?
People are simply happy to be outside as much as they can and be close to nature; it combines the feeling of freedom with relaxation. Now we can use the warmth from infrared light to extend the duration of outdoor comfort; in the past our time outside in the fresh air was usually limited to summer. Added to that, in the past few years we have had wonderful spring and autumn weather; we should take maximum advantage of this bonus.

What are the main considerations when planning outdoor areas?
It is important that outdoor and indoor areas should harmonise with each other; if possible, the architectural interior concept should extend to the outdoor area. In addition, the general design should blend with its surroundings. Cast iron grills or miniature Japanese Zen-style gardens don’t go very well with an urban environment. Of course, the materials used must be able to withstand all kinds of weather. For example, there is now a new kind of material consisting of pressed wood grains that is ideal for outdoor use. Modern outdoor fabrics are absolutely brilliant and no longer hard as nails, as used to be the case. I even use these fabrics indoors, because they undergo no solar degradation.

Which colours and what kind of products are currently in demand?
Mulligan: I
n my opinion outdoor colours should not be too bold. When all is said and done, the aim is to relax and enjoy the green of nature about us. I think subdued, natural colours in the Hampton style are best; a good deck chair symbolises all that is best in outdoor furniture, and is comfortable even without any upholstery. By contrast, expansive sofas are ideal where you want to be seated for an extended period, for example in a food service environment.

Further information: rickmulligan.de

Helsinki is World Design Capital in 2012

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital (WDC) designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens.

The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies. The World Design Capital is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).

Finnish design has a long and distinguished history. It is no exaggeration to say that design is ever-present in the Finnish lifestyle. Traditions are respected and the past is cherished, but above all, design represents the future. Finland is not interested in having a 365-day fireworks show. It wants to  go deeper into the new role of sustainable design from a broad perspective and achieve things whose impact will reach far into the future.

For further information: wdchelsinki2012.fi

Aalto University for example has a strong presence in the World Design Capital 2012 year with around 30 projects. The projects featured here involve particularly strong co-operative elements with multiple private, public and third sector partners.  The projects vary from social innovation, sustainability and urban design to future concepts and innovation.

For further information: arts.aalto.fi/en