Garden unique: Join this innovative design contest!

Are you into design? Shapes and colours are your passion? You are creative and you like to give mundane things a distinctive look or an exclusive touch? Then you should participate in this garden unique design contest.

With this innovative contest, garden unique wishes to present new, innovative concepts to the trade fair exhibitors and visitors on the theme of premium outdoor items in 2012. The exhibition area of the design contest is a real magnet for garden unique and underlines the innovative focus of the event. From furniture that can be conveniently moved around and transported, to a sunshade for a picnic with family or friends, down to an outdoor kitchen, seating or shade for the professional and exclusive catering needs of a larger group. Show how your design and the occasion come together to create a unique experience!

garden unique is the its premium area for outdoor furniture and thus a vital part of spoga+gafa, the world’s leading trade fair for the garden industry. spoga+gafa is an annual trade fair that takes place in late summer. This year’s dates are 2 to 4 September 2012.

Participating in the contest is definitely worth the efforts. An expert jury will award three winners, with the first place winning 3.000 Euros – and even the sixteenth place will still be awarded with 250 Euros. Moreover, it will even be possible to admire the jury winners’ work in the form of prototypes.

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Inchbald School of Design unveils new online short courses

Proving that good things can come in small packages, the prestigious Inchbald School of Design, which has been educating leading figures in the world of design since 1960, has unveiled two new online short courses: Designing your Living Space and Designing your Garden.

Building on the success of their Online MA courses in Architectural Interior Design and Garden Design, these short courses offer part-time, amateur students unprecedented access to Inchbald’s expert teaching via interactive online learning. These certificated e-courses are an extension to the School’s existing portfolio of qualifications, which include MAs, post- and undergraduate diplomas, and certificate courses in Architectural Interior Design, Interior Decoration and Garden Design, as well as short courses in computer-aided design. Particular attention is paid to the marriage between function and aesthetic design with an emphasis placed on the ergonomics and proportions of space as well as the creative use of colour, form and other features both inside and outdoors.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours each week during which times they will receive lively teaching sessions, all of which are lavishly illustrated and include a series of practical projects to develop knowledge and confidence. Commenting on the launch of the new Online Short Courses, Jacqueline Duncan, Principal of the Inchbald School of Design, said: “The Online Short Courses offer a comprehensive introduction, not only to the principles of design, but to the skills for which English houses and gardens have become famous. At Inchbald we are committed to preserving and developing our students’ personal design flair and to informing their knowledge of those decorative details that presently risk dilution through mass manufacture. Thus the time has come to re-appraise our perspectives on design fashion and to review the expertise and attention to detail on which all great designs depend and for which England in particular is renowned.”

The two courses are available exclusively at the Inchbald School of Design. Each course lasts 12 weeks (with four hours’ activity per week) and costs £1,200 incl. VAT. Designing your Garden is available from April 2012; Designing your Living Space is available from September 2012.

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