Outdoor Living Products on the Rise

Home owners nowadays discover that they can turn their gardens into extended living rooms. They invest increasingly into goods that enable them to be more comfortable in their own green spaces be it together with their family or with friends. The green industry is aware of this trend and companies that usually only sold irrigation and landscape supplies (for example Hydro-Scape) expand their range with outdoor living products to upsell current customers and to attract new ones. 

Outdoor Kitchens and BBQs

There are many easy to install products that help creating a comfortable and pleasant living space in the garden. Kitchen islands are available complete with sink and refrigerator and with a choice of grills with gas, coal or even a wood-burning brick oven that offers much more possibilities than a standard BBQ. A large variety of different grills can be seen at spoga+gafa 2013, where companies like Weber Stephen and RH Peterson and many others will present their latest models. The price range goes from relatively low-cost to whatever the customer wants to spend. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are becoming equally popular.

Landscape Lighting 

It has never been easier to install path lighting, accent lights, and different background lights in the garden. Latest developments in lamp technology bring a lot of innovative ideas into the garden. Creating moody atmospheres with different colours is nowadays possible without having to rearrange the whole garden and without high costs. Easily to apply LED light systems save a lot of energy.

Water Features 

Other important elements for a fulfilling outdoor living experience are different water features. Garden ponds and waterfalls occur increasingly in modern gardens. Landscapers like to install them because they are not only attractive but also highly profitable. Even mist systems can be used in backyards and condos to chill people down in the summer, for dust control or simply for cool special effects.

Further Information: greenindustrypros.com

Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Polyfine by Markus Bangerter

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.


  • By: Markus Bangerter
  • Material: Textile strap from Polypropylen
  • Size: 85 x 45 x 60 cm
  • Website: markusbangerter.com

The Polyfine chair is a prototype from the material research project with the same name. It redefines the characteristics of flexible textile structures and demonstrates how these can be used in the future for the construction of seating furniture without the need for any load-bearing structures.

In doing so, the textile thermoplastic material fulfils the static requirements as well as the aesthetic and haptic demands of outdoor seating.

Independent experiments on the material confirmed the possibility of creating structures in textiles with the help of electricity and carbon-fibre yarn.

In this process, the chemical fibre in the core is liquidised above melting point, without damaging the surface of the bands, which then harden as they cool, solidifying and connecting the layers of textile bands.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at gardenunique.de/youngstars.

Outdoor Living: Homey Furniture for the Garden

The sun is shining, the bees are humming: This is the best time to go outside, relax, read or have a barbeque in the garden. People are spending more time outside of their houses and they want to use their garden as an extended living room. This means that furniture and accessories normally used in the house find their way into the outside. Couches, standard lamps and armchairs especially designed for the garden are the attractions of the coming seasons.  

The borders between in- and outdoors are vanishing bit by bit, you can tell that by looking at the furniture materials. “Covers for pillows and couches in the garden will have the same look and feel  as interior materials”, said Kathrin Münker from spoga+gafa regarding to the coming seasons. The Czech company Todus, for example, uses especially processed weatherproof leather for its chair “Aldeco”. In combination with stainless steel and UV-resistant textiles it results in comfortable seating furniture which can be left outside without worrying about the weather. The materials, colours and seating types can be personalized to match individual environments.

The Danish designers of Skagerak also use special materials for their seating furniture. The Virkelyst outdoors line combines teak with Barriere, a thick and resilient textile . The chair and the sofa come with soft, comfortable cushions that do not absorb moisture and do not develop unpleasant odours. This makes it possible to have a relaxing brunch or tea  on your own lawn.

Todus is exhibitor at spoga+gafa 2013 from September 8th to 10th.

Further Information: todus.cz and skagerak.dk