spoga+gafa garden unique competition
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spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Dezeen promotion: the winners of the garden unique competition to design outdoor dining products will exhibit their work at spoga+gafa garden trade fair in Cologne from 2 to 4 September 2012 and Dezeen readers can apply for 100 free tickets to the event.

spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: Canorta by retogni - Jury Winner
Top: Glade by Tim Kerp - Community Winner

Entrants were invited to design items under the theme of dining outdoors and submissions ranged from parasols and furniture to barbecues and cooking utensils.

spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: a charcoal barbecue for any ground surface by jayno - Community Winner

The three Jury Winner designs selected by a panel of industry experts are being built as prototypes to be put on display at the trade fair.

spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: I’m an alien by additio - Community Winner

Twelve Community winners were voted for by members of the public on the website and ranked in order of popularity.

spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: Flaschenkühler und Flaschenständer by MMDesign - Jury Winner 

The first 100 Dezeen readers to email visitor@spogagafa.de with “Unique Dezeen” in the subject line will be sent a code that can be redeemed at the online ticket shop for free tickets to the event. Click here for more details about garden unique.

spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: LINEA by Marco Gottardi - Jury Winner

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spoga+gafa garden unique competition winners announced

Above: Compact & Comfortable by Pleata - Community Winner

Here are some more details about the garden unique competition:


The task

Develop items that are perfectly suited to a culinary event in the open air. From furniture that can be conveniently moved around and transported, to a sunshade for a picnic with family or friends, down to an outdoor kitchen, seating or shade for the professional and exclusive catering needs of a larger group. Show how your design and the occasion come together to create a unique experience!

The background

spoga+gafa is the world’s leading trade fair for the garden industry. It takes place every year in late summer (2 – 4 September 2012) in Cologne, Germany. What makes spoga+gafa special is garden unique, its premium area for outdoor furniture, which is developed together with leading manufacturers. Here, in an informal atmosphere, manufacturers, retailers and designers can find out about the latest trends and innovative ideas. The results of this contest will be presented to the international exhibitors and visitors in a central exhibition and published in an exclusive yearbook.

The expert jury

The project is accompanied by a prominent jury: as well as Patrick Nadeau (architect of products for Authentic) and Marc Sadler (designer of outdoor products for Slide, Serralunga, Magis, Skitsch, Pedrali), the team of experts also includes Herbert Seckler (CEO of Sansibar Sylt), Tobias Lutz (architonic.com), Ralf Ferdinand Broekmann (editor-in-chief of build magazine) and Rüdiger Sprave (event manager of the imm cologne, spoga+gafa by koelnmesse).

Benefits for the creatives

The expert jury will award three jury winners whose designs will be built as a prototype and exhibited at the garden unique. In addition the three jury winners will get three prizes each of the value of 1,000 EUR. The community prize money amounts to a total of 12,000 EUR.

garden unique is offering the creators of selected ideas extensive media coverage at the spoga+gafa 2012, as well as access to direct contacts in the industry and the opportunity to turn their concept into a reality together with manufacturers.