unique youngstar: 3 questions to Nadine Kümmel

Nadine Kümmel, „Tauko“ chair Copyright: Nadine Kümmel
Nadine Kümmel, „Tauko“ chair / Copyright: Nadine Kümmel

“spoga+gafa was a starting signal for me” – Nadine Kümmel said about her participation in the unique youngstar competition. The young designer was nominated for the aspiring young designer contest twice which enabled her to expand her professional network. Three questions on her understanding of design and the way from the contest to business.

unique youngstar 2017:
Young designers can apply now

Apply now for the unique youngstar award 2017!spoga+gafa is looking for the unique youngstar 2017: Once again this year in the young designer competition of the international garden fair everything revolves around new ideas and products on the theme of “Outdoor Living”. Up until 1 April 2017, young designers and design students can submit their designs for the creative competition. In addition to prize-money totalling Euro 7,000, the young designers also have the opportunity to exhibit their prototypes at this year’s spoga+gafa in Cologne.

Eco Barge: A Floating, Self-Sustaining Greenhouse

This green boat from Serbia teaches people the advantages of an ecological and sustainable way of life.

Designed by the architecture and yacht design company Salt & Water, the Eco Barge is a role model project to represent several green ways to save energy.  Anchored in a small marina in Belgrade, Serbia, it produces its own electricity via two solar panels on the terrace and four windmills on the roof. The energy is being used to provide lighting and power to the small technical room set inside.

The solar panels are being placed on the terrace so that the panels can always be directed towards the sun. Moreover, since the barge is intended to be open to the public and has an educational purpose, visitors can easily see how solar technology actually works.

This barge was designed as a place where citizens of Belgrade could get acquainted with vertical gardens, special kinds of irrigation systems and alternative ways of growing organic food in urban areas with usually limited space. This project is also designed as a venue for various educational workshops, where people can learn everything first-hand.

Further information: saltandwater.rs

Lushna: Glamorous Camping in Nature

These minimalist “Villas” are especially designed for eco-touristic purposes.

Growing numbers of city escapists are looking for ways to spend their free time as close as possible to nature without going on a full scale survival trip. Enterprises like the Lushna Group from Slovenia have developed lodging solutions, which allow a close bond with green environments without missing out on the comfort of a hotel.

The Villas by Lushna are wooden A-frame constructions, economical and easy to build and made with untreated larch and spruce wood. Measuring approximately four times four meters on the base and three and a half meters in height, they are spacious enough for a king size bed and some extra room. Lights and electric outlets are included.

There are several different models, like the Villa Air with walls of fabric and mosquito nets or the Villa Massive with wooden walls and glass windows. There is also a sauna version.

The Lushna group wants to allow people to set up their own individual place for glamorous camping (glamping, as it is called nowadays) or to make it possible for land owners to create new eco-touristic destinations away from urban centers. Other than the Villas, they also have several other outdoor products to offer.

Further information: glamping-lushna.com

Cinch! Pop-up Tent: Made by Campers for Campers

Funded with help from a Kickstarter campaign, this tent promises to provide the ultimate camping experience.

Several unfulfilling camping experiences at music festivals inspired the design of the Cinch! Pop-up tent. The inventor, Jake Jackson, looked for years to find the ideal tent that is easy to setup, lightweight, affordable and spacious enough. His own design of the Cinch! Pop-up tent seems to have struck a nerve with other unsatisfied campers – the Kickstarter campaign managed to raise close to 98.000 £, almost double of the required amount.

The Cinch! tent is available in three sizes, for two, three and four person capacity. Each one is double-skinned to protect from extreme weather conditions. According to the makers, the advanced fabric is three times more waterproof than the industry standard.

There are two entrances and storage areas, for increased functionality. On hot days, both ends of the tent can be opened for air ventilation. One side can be used as porch for entering and the other side to store luggage and gear. Both entrances have a canopy to shelter from rain and sun.

But the solar power pack is where it really gets interesting. Sold individually, this gadget is clipped onto the roof of the tent and collects energy throughout the day. Thanks to a USB slot, cell phones and most other electric gadgets can be charged with the solar pack. You get it with a data wire, lock and a power bank.

Every festivalgoer knows that finding your camp at night and orienting oneself in the dark can be a very special challenge. The Cinch! Is equipped with four LED tent pegs – so it can be easily found even when it’s dark and the owner is disoriented – and two LED torches that can be hung up as lanterns, and light reflective guylines.

For transportation, the Cinch! turns into a disc-shaped rucksack weighing five kg for the two-person tent, seven kg for the three-person tent and nine kg for the four-person tent.

Further information: cinchpopuptents.co.uk