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“A context designed to enhance design”

EMU appreciates garden unique as a premiumformat
Photo: © Koelnmesse

Foto: © Koelnmesse

The Italian outdoorlabel EMU has been one of many exhibitors that appreciate garden unique as a premium platform. International manufacturers of high quality outdoor furniture use the special segment of spoga+gafa for an exchange with architects and other designers.


“We expect a very positive development of the contract sector.”

JanKurtz appreciates the advantages of garden unique
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As a repeating exhibitor the German furniture manufacturer JanKurtz belongs to the base of spoga+gafa. Again this year, the manufacturer presents innovative outdoor furniture in the premium segment of the tradeshow. Talking to Enrico Thieke, head of sales&marketing, we learned why the presence at garden unique is so very important.


„Reach the Players“

SCAB Design sees garden unique as trend-setting platform

Export Manager Paolo Forestan, ©SCAB

The italian manufacturer of outdoor furniture SCAB Design has been one of the regular exhibitors of garden unique, the premiumsegment of spoga+gafa. Export Manager Paolo Forestan is happy to be coming back this year. more…

unique youngstar 2015



The registration period for the young designer competition garden unique youngstar has started: Young designers can submit their Outdoor Living designs by april 1st, 2015.


See you again at garden unique 2015

Stand: Nardi, garden unique, Halle 10.2

garden unique 2014, Foto: © Koelnmesse

A succesful event of garden unique 2014 came to an end. We are looking forward to welcome you again next year. In 2015, the spoga+gafa will take place from 30 August to 1 September.


unique youngstars 2014 have been selected

Gewinner des garden unique youngstar-Award der spoga+gafa 2014.

award ceremony unique youngstar 2014

The winners of the unique youngstars 2014 have been selected: During the unique hour, the winners of this year’s young designer competition were announced. Three jury prizes and a public prize were up for grabs at the opening day.


New inspiration in the contract business


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From 31.08 to 02.09.2014 the worldwide garden industry will be visiting Cologne. During three promising exhibition days you can expect new inspirations and fresh impulses in the premium area of spoga+gafa. In Hall 10.2 premium manufacturer will present their latest products at garden unique. The Contract Business Guide, the official exhibition guide and indispensable reference, is available as download for all visitors.


garden unique – “an adequate presentation area to premium brands”


Photo: © Koelnmesse

The premium area of spoga+gafa, garden unique, presents novelties and latest trends in high-end garden furniture. An Interview with Project Manager Katrin Schön of Koelnmesse about the improvements, characteristics and the supporting program of the garden unique area.


unique youngstar: these are the nominees


Photo: © Koelnmesse

51 entries from 18 countries: That is the result of this year’s young designer competition, unique youngstar. The five members of the expert jury have now selected the 16 nominated products of 15 young designers. In addition to the nomination, the young creatives can already look forward to being able to showcase their idea on the competition theme ‘Outdoor Living’ at the spoga+gafa from 31st August to 2nd September.


In a different way: Interview with Harry&Camila

Photo: © Rainer Hosch

Camila Vega Faba and Harry Paul van Ierssel, both designers, founded Harry&Camila in 1994. They are known for their mysterious objects and for experimentation with materials and topologies. Harry&Camila are members of the jury for this year’s garden unique young talent competition “unique youngstar”. In the interview the designers talk about their main influences and how they combine their individual ways of working.


Unique garden furniture in Cologne


spoga + gafa 2014, Köln außer Haus; Outdoors in Cologne, Aussteller: Landgard

The manufacturers of premium garden furniture at spoga+gafa are located in Hall 10.2 this year. The new location of the garden unique segment is attributable to the overall high demand in the garden furniture sector. Centrally located – and thus also in the direct vicinity of the related segments of garden living – the visitors can look forward to short routes and to international top brands such as Barlow Tyrie, Calma, Emu, Nardi, Schaffner, Umbrosa, Weishäupl or Zumsteg.

Exhibitors 2014

Conic Outdoor Modul Sofa by Cane-Line


Conic Lounge by Cane-Line

The season of public holidays has started already. With the days off from work and the sun shining, the hope for a warm and easy summer arrives. Relaxing on a comfortable sofa but enjoying the sun at the same time? In outdoor areas of bars and clubs or at home? As different as the wishes and favours are, as more flexible the furniture must be.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015



Nowhere makes gardening more fashionable than the RHS* Chelsea Flower Show. Its the right place to see cutting-edge garden design, new plants and find ideas to take home. This year, the world’s most famous flower show will take place from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 May 2015 at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.


National Projects of Urban Planning


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Cities are more and more struck by long lasting heat waves. Therefore in the near future it becomes more important to make arrangements to regulate the city climate. Small green spaces can help already to create a healthier climate. Attending at the union program “National Projects of Urban Planning” („Nationale Projekte des Städtebaus“) can help cities and councils financially – submission ends on May 20, 2015.


Concrete Outdoor Furniture by JanKurtz


serie beton, ©JanKurtz

Over the past years concrete was being used more often by architects and designers. The furniture manufacturer Jan Kurtz also designed an outdoor furniture series with the grey stone material. more…

German Prize for Landscape Architecture


Kloster Lorsch ©TOPOTEK1

For the 12th time, the bdla (Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten) awarded the German Landscape Architecture Prize which is given to especially well done projects, every second year. 2015 they also gave some special prizes to projects in the categories „infrastructure and landscape“, „living area“, „sustainable parks“ and „outdoor lighting“. Resulting of the very good quality of the 127 projects, the jury decided to hand out two first prizes and five appraisals in the main category such as four special prizes.


Fold Pot



Fold Pot is a project borne out of the basic observation that, sooner or later, every plant outgrows its pot. The italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso found a solution to a problem and payed attention to design and aesthetics as well.

Designs of the Year 2015

Bird view by Hiroyuki Oki

House of Trees, ©Hiroyuki Oki

2015’s Designs of the Year nominees, announced by London’s Design Museum, represent the global breadth of design talent, featuring some of the industry’s biggest names alongside rising stars and little-known practices.


German Garden Book Award



The winner of the German and European Garden Book Award 2015 were announced: in nine categories the jury announced winners for the 9th and the 5th time. For the first time there was a winner elected in the category “best garden poem”. more…

Garden Shed – Do It Yourself Design

Kekkillä / Linda Bergroth 5.9.09


Avanto Architects designed together with Kekkilä a designer garden shed with many purposes. You can use it not only as green house, work place or to store your garden tools, but also as little private outdoor area. The modular system is designed as an outdoor hut with individual touch. The owner not only has to build it together himself, but also is free to design and combine it the way it suits him best. more…

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