Indoor feeling goes outdoor

The borders between indoor and outdoor get more and more blurred. This trend has reached an exciting point and will be shown at the garden fair spoga+gafa 2012.

Outdoor furniture made in typical indoor forms – rocking chairs for example – will be presented with cover materials that look and feel like interior textiles or leather.

By adding carpeting, lamps and small furniture items, a complete living scenario can be created. Even weatherproof outdoor paintings are part of the range.

The idea to make one’s own yard as smart as a living room has now touched high end garden accessories. Next season manufacturers will be offering stylish garden houses or rainwater tanks that look like expensive stonework or free standing water taps in a granite column.

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.

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Oceans Outdoor Furniture to launch its new 2013 range exclusively at spoga+gafa 2012

As one of the UK’s leading providers of PE Rattan Outdoor and Garden furniture, Oceans enters 2013 off the back of a very eventful 2012, which saw the company win more RHS awards, open over 15 new pop-up stores across the UK (including House of Fraser concessions) and become an exclusive supplier to furniture retailer DFS.

Established over 8 years ago, Oceans has led the way in design and innovation within the high-end outdoor furniture market, and not just as a reseller; Oceans also design, manufacture, import, warehouse and deliver their ranges direct to the customer. This means that Oceans has total control of the supply chain, from concept and design through to delivery and installation. Oceans have a distinguished brand in the industry and a solid reputation within the luxury products market, with the quality of the products being far superior to other rattan furniture providers.

One of main reasons Oceans is able to produce such high-quality products, is down to the development and use of the exclusive all-weather Oceana™ Weave. Oceans is one of only a handful of companies that manufactures its own weave, allowing them to manage quality from the start.

Recent hotel clients have included the iconic Brooklands Hotel in Surry, HS Hotels, Heythrop Park Resort, Holiday Inn Express and La Manga Club in Spain, to name but a few. Other noteworthy installations recently have included: The famed Sosban restaurant in South Wales and the Alton Towers Resort Spa.

Looking ahead to the 2013 range, Oceans is pleased to announce new additions, being exclusively launched at spoga+gafa 2012, including:

  1. A new range of Gazebos.
  2. A new range of PE Rattan Bar Island sets.
  3. A new range of stand-alone, multi-functional, coffee tables.

Be the first to view the new range, only at spoga+gafa 2012. Oceans can be found on Stand F011 – G010 (Hall 11, level 1, Aisle F, Stand 011). Trade visitors, retailers and distributors are invited to meet the Oceans trade team and enjoy a complimentary drink on the stand.

For enquiries or to book an appointment with a member of the Oceans Trade team at the show, call: +44 (0) 1295 221 169 or email


Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow: Colour coded Inside and Out

The summer of 2011 saw the opening of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum of Transport, and in May 2012 it received the ‘European Museum Academy Micheletti Award’ in recognition of its status as ‘the most innovative museum for technology, work and social history.’ This development was the first major public building contract won by Zaha Hadid in Great Britain, where she now resides. The building is clearly in her personal style — a combination of powerful zigzag and sweeping contours — and now stands as an important landmark in Glasgow Harbour, once the vital location for shipyards and busy port traffic. The hope is that the new museum will form a link to Glasgow’s maritime history and engender new life in the old quayside areas, much of which is in disuse. The historic three-mast steel-hulled barque Glenlee sailing ship is anchored in the River Clyde in front

The Riverside Museum skyline is rather like the letter Z turned on its side, with the edge right on the outer margin of the site. The museum has a 36-metre glass façade to the river, with the zigzag roofline not unlike waves on the water. The windows are darkened to protect the exhibits from solar glare, yet reflect the local environment, the shimmering silver roof seeming almost to blend with the sky. The roof construction follows a gentle, wavy, partly angular line. The height and width of the individual roof sections vary along the entire length of the structure. A cut-edge ridge crowns the pointed roof. Zaha Hadid: “The most important thing is the overall flow – the flow of things, the non-Euclidian geometry – in which nothing is repeated; in brief, a reordering of the space.”

The museum also houses a cafeteria. ‘Twin’ chairs were selected for the outside areas – a robust item suitable for contract applications. This plastic-coated steel chair is from Brunner: fresh, lightweight and in youthful design and cast in a single unique style, it harmonises ideally with the technical ambience embodied in the museum. The Twin is finished in apple green, following the colour scheme systematically used inside the museum – from the lime-green hall to the luminescent green stairs, through to the many details presented in a wide variety of green tones. The multi-functional and weather-resistant all-round Twin chair was designed by Archirivolto, and in April was chosen for inclusion in Die Neue Sammlung (‘new collection’) – one of the biggest museums of industrial and product design.

White is the Fitness Colour

Holiday time is here at last, but what about the weather? There’s no other choice, than to catch a ‘plane to the sunny south; or maybe, a hotel with a luxurious health centre and spa where you can ‘let it all hang out’, surrender to the luxury of health and beauty treatments and recharge the batteries. However, it takes the right good quality equipment and furniture to create the right atmosphere; the colour of choice is white, which has long since come to symbolise purity and clarity. It gives a room a generous and elegant appearance, and relaxes the eyes.

The new generation of spa furniture from Projectform is in-line with this trend but with subtle differences: ‘silk-white’ incorporates a light beige in the weave, while ‘seashell’ shimmers in unobtrusive grey. In spite of its enclosed shape, the compact ‘Lotus’ lounge-landscape appears lightweight and striking. By contrast, ‘Embrace’ allows for many combinations and arrangements of chairs, tables and stools.

The vast available range of choice extends from hot-stone massage to algae-packs and herbal baths, but in the final analysis the choice is a subjective one, just like one’s personal niche. If the lounge seats demand too much strength, maybe Projectform’s wellness couches are the answer. They combine functionality with design, adjustable head- and foot-rests, or ergonomically shaped couch surfaces, conforming with the entire body shape to guarantee a comfortable resting posture. The ‘Gardino-Geflecht’ (‘Gardino Weave’) is particularly suited for spa areas: it dries quickly, is easy to clean, strong, and has a long service life.