2013 Garden Furniture Trends from the Spoga Gafa Trade Fair

We’ve been on our travels again.  Last week was our annual visit to the Spoga Gafa trade show in Cologne.  Around 2,000 suppliers visited the City on the Rhine to present their latest garden furniture designs.

Casual and cool-chgarden sofa setic are the keywords for garden furniture in 2013.  Here’s our report on what’s trending, to keep you up-to-date on the most fashionable garden styles.

Clear shapes, comfortable proportions, minimalistic design and cool colours

Garden living sector in Europe is growing, with a 2.75% increase forecast for 2012, due to younger fresh-air fans that want to have cool relaxed outdoor ambience.  This has brought about a revolution in the industry where 30-something’s are ditching their formal furniture for casual, contemporary looks.

Hanging Out

The garden is our number one place to relax in the summertime.  Casual, cool garden lounge sofas and which invite metal gazebos for shelter and privacypeople to just ‘hang out’ are a key trend.  We’ve seen that garden chairs are becoming comfortable loungers, armchairs or sofas.  Light-weight, modular style seating that can be re-arranged into different settings is preferable.

Indoors are IN

Garden furniture designs have shifted towards typically indoor shapes (sofas, rocking chairs).  Textiles and seat covers are almost indistinguishable from fabrics you’d find indoors.  This is combined with outdoor lamps, wall décor, rugs and even carpets.  Cosy, comfortable and high-value cushions are a key accessory.  Contemporary pavilions or metal gazebos with roofs and sidewalls are necessary to protect everything from the elements.

Quality counts

The trend towametal and wood chairrds higher-quality products has continued to get stronger.  People demand high-quality materials and want to invest in garden furniture which is made to last.  High quality, combination steel/wood designs, in natural colours have followed on from last year’s Nordic influence.

Sophisticated designs

Furniture designs are relaxed, in elegant designs that don’t give the effect of being too formal.  Elegantly formed pieces antrending metal garden furniture designsd have fine structural lines that create a charming play of light and shadow.  For example, a combination of modern simple table and intricate feminine chairs with filigree structures, with tiny rods, cords, nets.  It’s no surprise that laser cut patterns were a key feature too.

Garden colours

We are getting bolder with colour choice for 2013.  We noticed lots of white designs, with splashes of intense colours including green, yellow, blue, and orange.  Even classic wrought iron furniture designs are emerging in bright colours, or in shiny white.  From the fashion catwalk, into your garden – the trend colour for 2012/2013 is definitely blue!  Blue creates calmness, security and freedom.  Combine with white, natural beige or browns.

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