Summertime is the time for festivals. In Europe alone, more than 500 multi-day music festivals take place each year between May and September, attracting millions of visitors. Most of them will camp on the festival site itself. But one in four simply leave their weekend accommodation behind at the end of the festival. Taking down the tent and packing it away seems like too much hard work after a weekendâ€™s partying. Every year 25,000 tents are abandoned at festivals in the Netherlands alone. Thatâ€™s a lot of rubbish. And thatâ€™s exactly what the Dutch design team Wout Kommer and Jan Portheine thought. In response, they came up with a 100% recyclable tent made from cardboard.
Glamping is a new trend that has set out to take camping to new heights with its equation â€śglamourâ€ť + â€ścampingâ€ť. And it has nothing to do with sleeping in damp, uncomfortable places, wearing soggy clothes and getting wet feet. Glamping accommodation simply cannot be compared to conventional tents. Comfortable beds with sprung mattresses, proper furniture, stoves for welcoming warmth â€“ the interior can even include a bathroom complete with bathtub.
The Rivera collection wants to suggest a contemporary interpretation of retro elegance reminiscent of a typically Mediterranean vibe. This idea is driven by a desire to experiment with contrasts and unique combinations of materials for the outdoors – lightweight metal, the reassuring warmth of wood, sophisticated weaves and the elegance of the fabrics – all contribute to transform even outdoor spaces into intimate and cozy settings.
Imagine sitting outdoors in a lazy big sofa, enjoying the good weather, funky drinks, a nice rest or a good conversation: who doesnâ€™t love that? What a shame that we have drag around cushoins and pillows or that we have to hide our beatiful outdoor sofa away under a cover to protect it from the elements. Why not just sit back and relax?
Craftsmanship is a tradition. And one that seems to be particularly prevalent in the furniture-making sector â€“ probably because many of todayâ€™s medium-sized enterprises have evolved from small cabinetmakerâ€™s workshops. And even large-scale companies rely â€“ at least in part â€“ on a blend of industrial manufacturing and hand-crafted production. Especially when it comes to customising what is actually machine-made furniture. Companies are keen to woo customers with attributes like â€śartisanal workmanshipâ€ť, â€śtraditional craftsmanshipâ€ť or â€śproducers of fine hand-made furnitureâ€ť. Such phrases are intended to confer special quality on the products and a special standard of quality on the companies. We show where craftsmanship is still very much a hands-on undertaking.
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. They now all have the chance to win the unique youngstar 2014 title and thus prize-money totalling 6,000 EUR.
As soon as the temperatures reach an acceptable level, the barbecue season will begin to start. However, the outdoor kitchen bbqube is not only made for barbecue outdoors. It also is about to bring the entire process starting from food preparation down to the actual food consumption outside, extending the enjoyment and fun of cooking and barbecuing.
When living relocates outdoors in summer, the daybed, easy chair and coffee table migrate to the patio. But there are other refreshing activities that can be pursued without a roof over your head too. According to the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche SanitĂ¤rwirtschaft / VDS), sanitary manufacturers have developed home spa enjoyment in the form of whirlpools to such an extent that moving this particular water feature into the greenery has been no problem for some time now.
With skai cool colors Venezia, Hornschuch is presenting an innovation in the field of outdoor upholstered furniture. In direct sunlight, special cool colors pigments are about to reflect up to 80 % of the radiation in the near infrared range. As a result, the heat build-up of the upholstery material is reduced by up to 25 %. The innovative technology has already proven itself in other Hornschuch business segments, for example in convertible seat covers or window frames.