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balconies and terraces, multifunctional furniture is now increasingly conquering the summer living-room. The manufacturers are convincing with plenty of creativity and are offering true quick-change artists. In this way, at the flick of a wrist a lounger becomes a bench or a daybed becomes a sofa with a table. Stools can also be used as a side table, sunshades offer light and heating functions and plant pots provide additional storage space. Barbecue manufacturers are at the very forefront. In the meantime their models can smoke, roast and bake as well as offering special features such as LED lamps and power bank compatibility.

High spending power, quality-conscious and growing – the over 50s are increasingly commercially powerful. According to the experts, every second Euro spent in Germany is spent by someone over 50. An attractive clientele that is prepared to dip a little deeper into its pocket for its green oasis - if the products offer added value. At the moment, high-quality furniture that excels with comfort- providing aspects is conquering the outdoor stage. The selection ranges from ergonomically shaped, high chair seats for back-friendly sitting and lying, to sunshades that are operated by foot switch, through to plant pots that allow easy planting. The appearance and design language of the products are chic and modern too, so they don't just address the older customers, but indeed everyone who likes it comfortable.

The colour trend that gets everyone in the summer mood: green is the colour of the year. Whether in the fashion, cosmetics or furnishing sectors - everything is green and blooming. And this trend is now also heading outdoors. A harmonious, coherent overall picture is emerging in interplay with nature. The array ranges from powerful and fresh to muted and dark shades. And since green can be nicely combined with many other colours, the look can be skilfully pepped up: it shines out when combined with yellow, becomes softer with pink, and blue lends it all a maritime

Barbecues and outdoor cooking products always gain plenty of attention at spoga+gafa, and 2017 looks likely to continue that trend

Digitalisation is a further mega trend. The selection of intelligent systems for the summer living-room is increasing rapidly

appearance. Of course, the garden wouldn't be the same without the classic shades white, grey, brown and black.

Among the product trends is a continued love for barbecues - trends like winter barbecues prove it: people love sizzling outdoors. Since more elaborate and sophisticated options have been welcomed, complete outdoor kitchens are increasingly in demand. They are available as either mobile or fixed models. Depending on the user requirements, they almost offer the same equipment as their ‘indoor sister’: from cooking zones, to worktops and sinks through to storage room. Further optional delicacies include brackets for spits enabling larger roasts to be conveniently cooked. In this way, a three- course meal can easily be conjured up in the outdoor kitchen.

Parallel to this, grills are becoming more and more refined and multifunctional. Food can be smoked, roasted, cooked and baked on the models. It is noticeable that the manufacturers are in the meantime creating complete BBQ worlds. The offer ranges from sandwich inserts to carving knives, through to the cigarette lighter. And in order to continually further increase the sizzling potential, the selection of accessories is permanently being extending to include, for example, marshmallow grill skewers. New smart features and app connections are constantly being introduced too.

Garden owners love designing their green oasis themselves - it just shouldn't be too laborious, so garden equipment is also enjoying increased attention. Products that facilitate their work are becoming increasingly popular. These include robot lawn mowers and battery-powered devices as well as raised flowerbeds and window boxes that score plus points with their convenience features (e.g. water reservoirs).

Protection systems for the garden are also gaining in popularity. At the same time, manufacturers in this segment are also discovering the high-spending 50+ generation and are offering them ergonomic tools or comfort-providing aids.

Garden furniture continues to attract plenty of consumer attention, with an emphasis on style, as well as multifunctionality, comfort and quality

GCU September 2017

Digitalisation is a further mega trend. The selection of intelligent systems for the summer living-room is increasing rapidly. Whether autonomous lawn mowers, smart gardening or grilling: there are hardly any limits to the possibilities for technology-loving gardeners. • spoga+gafa 2017 is open to trade visitors on September 3 and 4 from 9am to 6pm and on September 5 from 9am to 5pm | 19

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