Dezeen promotion: garden trade show Spoga+Gafa invites young designers to enter their Garden Goes Balcony design competition for the chance to win a share of €12,500 and exhibit as part of Garden Unique, which takes place at Koelnmesse in Cologne from 4 to 6 September.
The brief invites designers to create solutions for one of three example balconies and upload them via the competition website.
A prize fund of €12,500 will be divided between 15 winners and three special jury prizes, with a top prize of €2,500.
The selected designs will be exhibited as part of Garden Unique at Spoga+Gafa and manufacturers visiting the fair will be able to purchase ideas at a fee of €3,500.
Here are some more details from competition organisers Koelnmesse:
garden unique presenting design competition and “Furniture Fashion Shows”
“garden goes balcony”: Designers develop concepts for outdoor residential areas in Cologne’s Rheinauhafen
Exclusive, design-orientated, high quality: with its “garden unique” from 4th to 6th September, Koelnmesse is presenting a new platform for the international premium garden furniture brands at spoga+gafa.
In addition to the international top manufacturers, young, up-and-coming designers with creative ideas are also a key part of the concept.
Under the motto “garden goes balcony” an international creativity campaign is currently underway on the jovoto.com platform, on which over 20,000 graphic and product designers along with architects are registered. The aim is to develop a design concept for the urban balcony. Be it cozy, stylish or functional: at the heart of the concept is furniture which creates the perfect balcony.
The balconies in the exclusive “Im Zollhafen” residential area in Cologne’s modern Rheinauhafen serve as the model here. A top-ranking jury, whose members include the architects Bernd Römer and Tobias Lutz along with Tal Waldman, will select the winners. Among others they will have the opportunity to have their design implemented as a 3-D model and presented during spoga+gafa in the “garden unique” segment. Other ideas selected by the jury and the community will be shown in the “Design Cubes” at garden unique in a special exhibition.
garden unique also includes a catwalk, on which the top products will be presented within the framework of “Furniture Fashion Shows”. On the catwalk a group of creative fashion design students from the Düsseldorf Private Fashion Academy (Private Modeschule Düsseldorf) will ensure a unique interaction between outdoor lifestyle furniture and fashion.
With an own restaurant and catering concept and special meeting facilities in the “Conference Garden”, the aim is to promote personal dialogue and communication within the hall. In addition to the up-market specialist furniture trade, furnishers, architects and buyers from the commercial sector along with building owners will inform themselves and obtain inspiration on the luxury outdoor innovations in a unique setting.
A core element of the “garden unique” hall concept is the “Framewalls”. These frameworks lend the garden unique-exhibitors an exclusive image for their individual presentations and open up a very special perspective for the visitors.