Trend forecast for 2013

The focus is on casual, cool lounge chairs and pillows as well as playful creations which invite a person to sit down and relax – while also scoring points for their high quality and design.

Barbecuing is also becoming an even more comfortable activity. Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. At the same time, grills offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. In addition, the trend is toward complete barbecue centres and built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. In order to make the outdoor fun last into the evening as long as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing.

The trend toward brand names in lawn and yard care equipment continues. The overall theme for all equipment is sustainability. More and more, manufacturers are taking into consideration the entire life cycle of a product. Individual pieces of equipment are also scoring points by being quieter and producing lower levels of CO2. The gardening tool sector is focusing on user-friendliness. Manufacturers are paying closer and closer attention to making their products adjustable to fit the individual requirements of consumers.

Outdoor accessories and decorations are a must for outdoor fun at home. Romantic patterns, bright colours and sculptural forms will be popular next season.

At the same time, there is a revival of interest in vegetable gardens and orchards. In line with this development, manufacturers are creating systems for gardening in the city. With the help of artificially lit indoor greenhouses or ecological urban garden systems, city dwellers also have the opportunity to grow their own food. Environmental protection remains the leading trend in the area of plant care.

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