Aug 14 2019

City gardening trend: outdoor furniture for urban settings

In the summer months, our cities are transformed into open-air stages. Even the smallest outside space is used for relaxation in the outdoors. This year, the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa is making the city gardening trend a special area of focus. From 1 to 3 September, Cologne will play host to numerous exhibitors presenting new furniture and accessories for urban balconies and roof terraces.

The need for open-air oases

In the face of rising temperatures, outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly important – especially in towns and cities. As populations – and population densities – grow, so too does the desire for green, open-air oases.

While balconies, roof terraces and small gardens are used as places of refuge from our hectic everyday lives, more and more cafes and restaurants are offering their customers areas where they can relax together outside.

The upcoming spoga+gafa will reveal the particular requirements associated with the design of such open spaces in urban environments. This year, the world’s largest garden trade fair will dedicate its own special exhibition areas to the city gardening trend.

Variable design for compact spaces

Many exhibitors at spoga+gafa offer furniture and collections specifically designed for outdoor areas in towns and cities where space is in short supply. Ranges with names like “City Outdoor” or “Urban Jungle” provide a wide selection of suitable designs.

Compact dimensions and multifunctional concepts allow for variation in the use of city balconies, roof terraces and small gardens. Tables and sofas for urban use can be unfolded and collapsed again, positioned flexibly and easily stowed away. Wall-mounted racks and vertical planting systems make it possible to add greenery to even the smallest areas.

Creating a cosy ambience with robust textiles

To make it feel like home outside, there are now particularly weather-resistant textiles for outdoor furniture. This way, sofas, armchairs and cushions not only withstand rain showers, but they’re also just as comfortable as the indoor versions for the living room.

New balcony rugs, made from highly durable materials designed for the outdoors, originate from there too. There are now even soft, deep-pile rugs for open-air use.

For a relaxed atmosphere on urban balconies

Comfort is high on the agenda when it comes to the design of city oases. Lightweight, mobile furniture that allows users to sit at floor level is particularly popular with younger urban residents. Chimeneas, vases and lanterns create atmosphere.

Side tables or plant pots with built-in LEDs produce different lighting moods – the latest models can even be operated via a smartphone app. When it comes to sun protection, there are now also clever solutions for compact outdoor areas such as city balconies or small gardens.

New study on gardening in towns and cities

This year, spoga+gafa is making special areas available for the presentation of innovations for urban green spaces. Stylised balconies and terraces as well as inspiring promotional areas will give visitors the chance to experience the products in their real intended environment.

Lectures by international experts will address topics relating to urban life in the outdoors. The whole event will be rounded off with a new study on city gardening, which the trade fair will be presenting in conjunction with Cologne-based retail research consultancy IFH Köln GmbH.

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