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

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

Special exhibition: “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013″

From well-designed exterior luminaires and shallow swing garden furniture, to a helicopter and drawing pencils: In its special exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013”, the red dot design museum in Essen (Germany) presents contemporary product design from 3 till 29 July 2012.

Every exhibit has been evaluated by international design experts during a several days lasting process, before being awarded the sought-after red dot seal. They won over the jury panel of the “red dot award: product design 2012” with qualities such as ecological sustainability, outstanding functionality or their emotional and symbolic content. The innovations come from 49 countries and will be exhibited on two floors for the first time.

Further information: red-dot.de/museum-essen

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