German garden fair Spoga + Gafa is preparing for its upcoming event, which runs this year from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, by releasing its overview of outodoor seasonal trends.
From casual furnishings to garden equipment, outdoor appliances and decorative accessories, the fair’s overall “City Gardening” theme this year lends itself to designing and furnishing a “green living room,” according to a release from the event.
As an overall trend for the fair, the “City Gardening” theme addresses the rise of urban living. While outdoor spaces in urban areas may be harder to come by, consumers are still seeking green areas to enjoy and relax in.
“Today, the garden takes on the task of being a place to wind down and relax more than ever,” says Stefan Lohrberg, director of Spoga + Gafa. “It gives people the feeling of security and homeliness and is thus gaining a totally new significance.”
The first trend addressing urban green spaces is scale. Called “Living on Balconies” by Spoga + Gafa, new compact flower beds, vertical plant walls, mini greenhouses and specialized irrigation systems have all been tapped by the fair as hot items to help transform balconies into downsized kitchen gardens. Other new looks, like compact shade solutions, small gas grills and plant pots with integrated LEDs, all enable small scale design to incorporate amenities found in larger outdoor spaces.
Outside of scale, Spoga + Gafa also identified functional and flexible furniture as being important to downsizing outdoor living areas. Products like modular lounge furniture, bean bags and poufs approved for outdoor use and movable outdoor islands with built in sun shades can all be rearranged and moved easily to suit individual needs as they come.
In addition to the “City Gardening” theme, meeting the relaxation needs of aging consumers is also an important trend that the trade fair identified this year. Ergonomic and simple to use design is making a comeback, with low and comfortable furniture models like the classic wing chair, rocking chair and daybed “experiencing a renaissance.” Footrests, shade systems with easy to adjust shades and raised planting beds are also a part of the trend.
In the grilling and outdoor kitchen segment, systems that can do more than just barbecue are becoming increasingly popular. From baking dishes to smoking and curing meats and vegetables, today’s consumers are looking for all of the amenities of a traditional indoor kitchen in their outside spaces. With the addition of other traditional kitchen appliances like full sized fridges and larger food preparation surfaces outside, outdoor kitchen trends are quickly becoming more “homely,” according to Spoga + Gafa.
In aesthetic trends identified for both small and large outdoor spaces, less has become more with the observed rise of “Minimal Chic.” Furnishings in this trend utilize “clear contours and slim shapes,” according to Spoga + Gafa, with many furniture designs are becoming more streamlined and simplistic. Bright colors make an appearance only in frames, cushions and small decorative accessories.
In the accessories category, round, organic shapes and flowing structures define outdoor accents. In contrast to what the event called the “still prevailing gray shades’” popularity, bright colors like Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral, are still a huge part of summer accents. Outdoor accessories are dominated by a decorative mix between patterns and ornaments, lending a cheerful look and “exotic touch” to products like plant pots and carpets.
To learn more about the complete spectrum of new products and trends available at Spoga + Gafa this year, visit the fair’s website.