Knirps Silver by doppler: Elegant and Functional

The Knirps Silver parasol has been awarded the coveted Red Dot Award 2015.

Knirps is the most popular brand for umbrellas and parasols in Germany. They developed the first umbrella with a telescope tube and the first one to fit into a handbag. Knirps now belongs to the Austrian company doppler, the largest umbrella factory in Europe.

The Knirps Silver sunshade has a modern and simple appearance. Its ripped frame has a contemporary look and the fabric conforms to the highest requirements with its UV 80 protection. It is impregnated against stains, water-repellent and suitable for hand wash.

The Knirps Silver is equipped with an “automatic knicker”, which works with a crank lever. After the parasol is being opened to the maximum, turning the crank further makes it lean to the side. This function allows it to always have the shade on your side.

The Knirps Silver has been awarded with the Red Dot Award 2015 in the product design category garden. The jury justified their choice like this: “As an expression of a high demand on quality, this parasol showcases a purist design. Sophisticated details facilitate comfortable handling.”

The doppler company will be present on several stands at the spoga+gafa 2015. Visitors will find their parasols in hall 3.1 at the stands B014 C015, B020 C021 and B030 C031 as well as in hall 10.2 at stand L060.

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Red Dot Winner: Calma OM Shade

The Spanish furniture manufacturers from Calma have convinced the jury of the Red Dot Design Award with their versatile sunshade OM.

Designed by Andreu Carulla Studio, the OM shade shows not only a minimalistic and modern style but also Mediterranean flair. A clever rotating system makes it possible to easily set up the umbrella and to choose between a straight or wavy look. The OM also works without its pole and can be fastened to a patio or a similar structure.

The Red Dot jury of 2015 justifies their choice for the OM in the product category as following: “The OM sunshade merges a clear and elegant design with highly refined functionality. The innovative, outstandingly smart rotating system is highly fascinating as it allows a comfortable opening and closing. The sunshade can be used in many different configurations and enhances almost any ambiance. It can serve as standing umbrella or attached to the wall and also as space partition. Moreover, the use of high-quality materials gives it high durability.”

Calma will be exhibiting the OM and other outdoor designs at the spoga+gafa garden trade fair in Cologne from August 30th to September 2nd 2015.

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GLATZ – Novelties 2015

The Swiss sunshade manufacturer GLATZ looks back to a 117-year company history and is still innovative. GLATZ is europewidely leading in parasols and these are some of the novelties:

Sunwing® C+ – 360 degrees of shade (small)

It’s no coincidence that this free-arm sunshade has won the top rating from Stiftung Warentest: round or square, the SUNWING® C+ is impressive in terms of ergonomics and design. The sunshade cover can be adjusted on both sides with a self-locking crank mechanism and integrated tilting rod, in 18° steps up to 90°. The fabric cover can be changed and is self-tautening – thanks to flexible rod ends.

Palazzo®Style – stylish in XXL

High performance and easy operation are what make this large space sunshade impressive. This umbrella is the “small brother” of PALAZZO® Noblesse and Palazzo® Royal and shows convincing details. It can withstand wind speeds of up to 100 km/h, as proven by numerous wind tunnel tests run by the manufacturer. The frame is made of pressed, naturally anodised aluminium with a grey surface.

It opens and closes with just 9 manual turns of the crank or optionally via the integrated remote-controlled motor. Thanks to its construction and high-quality materials made of dyed acrylic fibres, it is not only wind-resistant: it also offers optimum protection from the sun and rain and keeps its colour year after year.

The sunshades can be operated by radio signals. Above that Palazzo® Style is equipped with an automatic turn-off-mode as well as an emergency function. Additional accessories – e.g. heating and LED-light – are available. Different measures are available in round, square and rectangular shape.

GLATZ is exhibitor at the spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne from August 30th to September 1st.

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Sun Shades by Glatz – Shaped by Experience and Sustained by Vision

“Keep your finger on the pulse and be ahead of your time!” – The philosophy of the Swiss sunshade producer Glatz is almost 120 years old and still relevant. The words come from Albert Glatz, a trained umbrella maker, who founded his own umbrella shop in 1895. Four generations later, the Glatz AG has been established as a leading supplier of sunshades and outdoor concepts for homes, gardens, hotels and restaurants in Europe and around the world. The spoga+gafa is glad to welcome them again in the garden unique area of the fair this year.

The New Sombrano S+

This free-arm sunshade is a 360° shade provider and has been subtly redesigned for a new look. SOMBRANO® S+ stands for elegance and sophisticated functions, including a crank mechanism for convenient adjustments. The sunshade roof can also be tilted 54° and rotated 360°. Thanks to its dimensions and look, the SOMBRANO® S+ is fitted for larger outdoor areas.

The New Piazzino              

Not all woods are the same: the PIAZZINO offers a winning combination of functionality, high technology and low cost. From 2014, the PIAZZINO will sport a new look with bright, natural maple wood – further enhancing the natural charm of the sunshade roof. What’s more, the robust maple wood will ensure a long life, propelling the PIAZZINO into the league of timeless style for budget-conscious consumers.       


Not too big and not too small, the FORTELLO® is ideal for hotels and restaurants: thanks to its counter-rotating servo opening principle it is easy to handle, can be conveniently transported with its separable pole and light weight and can be cleared away in a flash. Thanks to its stable construction, the FORTELLO® can withstand wind speeds of up to 70 km/h and can be fitted with an OSYRION® light on request. This new model by GLATZ not only provides optimum protection from the sun and rain, it also offers one thing above all: an ideal space for coloured advertising logos and lettering.

You can find Glatz at the spoga+gafa 2014 in hall 10.2, stand L011 M010.

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SKINCOM: Sun-Protection for Children

Small children need to play outside. Especially in the summer they enjoy playing in the sandbox or at the beach. But playing for hours in the sun can be very dangerous. Kids are not aware of the intensity of the sun. They don’t know that there are strong UV rays that strike their sensitive skin and lead to sunburn and even skin cancer in the long term.

The Swiss company SKINCOM specialises in the production of solar tents with a high sun-protection factor. Sitting or playing in the shades of an awning, a beach tent or a parasol doesn’t mean automatically that there is protection from the UV rays. It is all about the sun protection factor, which is not only important for sun cream but also for shade-giving devices. According to SKINCOM, all of their sun tents have a sun protection factor of at least 60, which exceeds the Australian and New Zealand UV Standard 801, the strictest in the world.

In their product range, SKINCOM offers different tents, from the convenient EASY to the flexible PREMIUM versions. The tents are wind- and rainproof and can be transported easily – most versions weigh between 1.3 and 2.6 kilograms.

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