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Spoga+gafa 'garden unique' design competition winners announced

Creative outdoor kitchen prototypes to be exhibited Sept 2-4

COLOGNE, Germany - For a second year, the Top 3 winners in spoga+gafa's "garden unique" design competition, will be awarded a $1,000-euro prize on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

Following the successful 2011 premiere of the premium outdoor furniture hall "garden unique" and the design competition associated with it, the young creative minds can celebrate the construction and exhibition of their prototypes at spoga+gafa 2012. Alongside the creative submissions, the statistics are also being revealed: A total of 283 (2011: 153) ideas were entered into this year's garden unique design competition and more than 17,000 votes (2011: 723) were cast for the various concepts. Traditionally, the expert jury designates three winners for the contest while the community chooses 16 favorites.
From April 19 to June 21, young designers were tasked with submitting their ideas on the subject of "outdoor dining" on the platform The idea is to design objects that would perfectly suit an outdoor culinary occasion, and the illustrious jury, which included designers Patrick Nadeau and Marc Sadler, was spoilt for choice.
First place in the expert jury voting went to the five-piece outdoor kitchen "Canorta" by Reto Togni. A pathway or passage is sufficient to set up this garden kitchen which includes a gas cooker, barbecue, running water, table and all necessary utensils. "Canorta" makes cooking and preparation a social event in the great outdoors. The design is simple and utilitarian. The jury justified its decision as follows: "This credibly transportable garden kitchen plays on the robust simplicity of tried-and-tested systems in an appropriate way. Its unpretentious yet reliable appearance encourages the user to see the organization of a garden or courtyard dinner as a spontaneous and uncomplicated activity".
Marco Gottardi, who placed second in the experts' assessment, touches on the ideas of furniture design classics such as Francso Albinie's "Primavera" in his entry, "LINEA." The system, designed specifically for outdoor spaces, means that the discreetly delicate table and chair ensemble can be set up in just a few movements, yet takes up little space for transportation and storage. This Italian idea also convinces in terms of materials and design: Both table and chair are made of varnished steel, while the striped patterns of the back of the chair and the table surface give the impression of a moiré effect. Its muted, modern color scheme makes this object timeless and thus perfectly suited both for the private garden and outdoor catering events.
The jury awarded third place to the "bottle cooler and stand" by Manfred Makedonski. The felt pocket hanging from a stake in the ground ensures drinks remain cold on hot days. Whether it's next to your sun lounger or your garden table, the bottle cooler can be used anywhere and also prevents spillages on uneven surfaces. The jury was particularly impressed by the solution to the problem of bottles inevitably falling over. "The clear feasibility of this design, which appears so obvious, means it is crying out to be realized," was the experts' opinion. In addition, the combination of stainless steel stake and felt pocket in striking colors makes the object a real eye-catcher too.
It's not only the specialist jury that votes in the "garden unique" design competition, but the community, too. The prize money of a total of 12,000 euros is divided between 16 favorites. An exhibition of the community's Top 16 can also be seen at spoga+gafa. These include a portable charcoal grill, which adapts to the ground, various mobile kitchen concepts and a number of ideas for compact seating combinations. The exhibitors and visitors can look forward to innovative and unique concepts related to the theme of premium outdoor objects this year, too.
This year, exhibitors in the garden unique area include international premium brands Alexander Rose Ltd., Barlow Tyrie Ltd., Calma, Cane-line A/S, Domitalia spa, Emu Group Spa, Extremis, Faserplast AG, Ferdinand Holzmann Verlag GmbH, Fink GmbH & Co. KG, Fischer Möbel GmbH, GartenKultur GmbH, Glatz AG, Herrenhaus Werkstätten, Mandalay Furniture A/S, Manutti BVBA, Möbelvertrieb Jan Kurtz GmbH, NARDI S.p.A., Para' SPA, Rausch Classics GmbH, Schaffner AG, Sika-Design A/S, Skagerak Denmark A/S, Skargaarden Scandinavia AB, Slide srl, solpuri GmbH, Sunbrella, Todus, Umbrosa N.V., Vermobil SRL, Villa Home & Garden, Villa Home & Garden, Vincent Sheppard N.V., Viteo GmbH and Weishäupl.
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