Tips for surviving quarantine

For these days of quarantine we give you some advices that we follow in Balliu and helps us to face with energy and positivism these days of confinement.

1. Set a routine.

If you have set up a home office and you can afford to telework, set a schedule and try to respect it every day. Organise your daily tasks and set up rest hours.  You will be more productive, you will avoid distractions, you won’t be working any more hours than you should.

2. Find a balance between work and family.

Respect the hours you devote to work and the hours you devote to your family, it is important to seek a balance so that you can devote quality time to both parties.

3. Train and educate your workers.

Take advantage of your time to do those courses you had pending. It will help you to have a motivation and update your knowledge, this will be positive both on a personal level and for your professional career. You will get new ideas to put into practice in your business.

4. Plan your purchases

Make a list of everything you need and draw up a budget. When the confinement is over you will have your shopping organized and you will be able to spend more time on leisure.

5. Rethink your space

Confinement also gives us the possibility to observe our home more objectively. Make the most of your outdoor space, whether it is a small garden or terrace, get the most out of it and enjoy the good weather.
While the confinement lasts, we invite you to check our web site for all our Balliu outdoor furniture, tables, chairs, sunloungers and all the accessories you need to make the terrace your favourite place in your home.

6. Meditate

Take a few minutes to meditate, this will help you to be more patient and see the situation from another point of view and have a more optimistic view.

Think of this period of forty as a period of personal and professional growth, make the most of the time it gives us and transform a problem into an opportunity.

Interihotel BCN19 – Marketplace & talks.

On November 20, 21 and 22 we were exhibiting at the Interihotel fair, held at International Convention Center in Barcelona city. The perfect place for interior designers, architects and prescribers who are interested in searching new trends in furniture and decoration.

The event brought together 150 brands (25% more than in the previous edition) and 4,618 visitors from 42 different countries, consolidating itself as one of the main events of the contract-hospitality sector.

During the how, we could enjoy with interesting presentations by experts in Design & decorative arts. Workshops were organized about methodologies and useful practices for interior design professionals.

For this occasion, we present the Prestige version of our EVA PRO sunlounger, in the new tortora frame, combined with the ash fabric, a very elegant and stylish proposal, which perfectly works in those hotels who are looking for design and at the same time they do not want to give up continuing to offer the best quality and conform to their guests.

The Eva pro sunlounger, is a designed for hospitality professionals. It is certified by expert Laboratories, it holds up to 180 kg, it has an anti-finger trap back to prevent accidents and is made of polypropylene frame, a long-lasting material and that is also 100% recyclable.

We also present some examples of our new Balliu Selection products with the new Dalia chair. Stackable, made of aluminum profile and finished with epoxy paint. The success of the chair is on the cord, built with continuous polyester and PVC thread. Its composition makes it a highly recommended product for outdoor areas (gardens and communities) being very resistant to the weather.

In the press area, the decorators selected our Diana barstools, in textured white finish and sand fabric, those colors very well combined with the intense garnet color of the wall. The Diana barstool is a very suitable product for restaurant areas, it is light to be able to move it easily and stackable to save space in times of less use.


From Balliu, wewant to thank all those who visited our stand and the organizers for helping us during the preparation and development of the fair.

We visit the most important trade fair in the sector


On 2 and 3 September, as is tradition, we visited the Spoga trade fair held in Cologne (Germany) to get up-to-date on the latest trends in the garden furniture sector.

This year, the main theme of the fair was City Gardening or what it means to garden when there is no garden, showcasing solutions adapted to urban areas We discovered the recreation of small jungles in reduced spaces. We saw many accessories such as flowerpots and cushions and lots of vegetation that help accentuate the sensation of well-being and create small oases that invite one to take refuge from the stress caused by life in big cities.

Regarding fabric colours, there are lots of pastels, particularly yellow tones, which are complemented with greens, pinks and blues. Regarding structural finishes, we saw a clear trend towards more natural colours, browns, dove grey and anthracite grey, which confirms the trend that has been advertised in previous seasons of making the terrace a continuation of the interior, where designs are valid for both areas, uniting the design discourse and following one overall concept of the space.

While it is true that we have observed new trends for decoration and finishes, we cannot say the same about new garden furniture solutions. Materials such as aluminium, polypropylene and wood continue to be the stars of the show.

The fair paid particular and necessary attention to the environment; we saw products made from recycled material and proposals such as the appearance of Green Areas in urban spaces that help control the temperature and contribute to controlling climate change.

At Balliu, we are looking forward to visiting the next edition which will be about Sustainable Gardens, where we hope to find interesting solutions that help control the environmental impact.


In September 2019, we also visited the Habitat Fair in Valencia, the international showcase for the Spanish sector.

The fair is aimed at the national exports and projects market. Manufacturers present their new indoor and outdoor furniture, not just to agents and national points of sale but also to international influencers and buyers.

It helps to give visibility to companies that have still not taken that first step in beginning their export business and also to consolidate and increase the presence in external markets of those companies that already have export experience.

Our objective was to be up-to-date with new developments and observe new outdoor furniture trends to face the new season in our Balliu Store project.

Our installations have over 700 m2 for the display and sale of outdoor furniture. Although our brand Balliu is the star of the showroom, we like to expand the market with other powerful proposals to cover all the needs of the retail sector.

At the fair, we visited the brands that currently form part of our showroom to see their new designs and finishes.

Although the greatest success of the visit was getting to know new brands and, therefore, interesting outdoor furniture solutions that we hope will soon be on display at our Balliu Store showroom.

Balliu supports culture

Another year, you will find our outdoor furniture Balliu a Tempo Sota Les Estrelles.

A Summer festival that takes place from July 18th to August the 11th in Girona, where you can enjoy good music and discover the most beautiful part of the Old Quarter of Girona.

The festival will be distributed in 2 areas, the Village area and the Plaça dels Jurats stage.

In the Village area, where emerging artists from the current musical scene like Kids from Mars, La Bicha, Maruja Limón, among others will be able to enjoy a pleasant dinner by the company Ginjoler. You will taste a seasonal menu varied and with products of proximity.

In the restoration area you will find our Brunei tables and Etnas chairs, and in the ​concerts area , other outdoor models such as the mini deck chair Bristol or Mini deck in Cannes, to feel in perfect harmony with the surroundings.


In the Plaça dels Jurats area, you can enjoy good music by the artists Adrià Puntí, Kevin Johansen, Bebe, Clarence Bekker Band and Christina Rosenvigne. And rest comfortably in our classic SELVAS chairs

You can find all the programming on the web:

5 Key Factors for Creating the Perfect Terrace.


Summer is already here it’s time to spruce up the outdoors. Balliu has 5 keys you should follow to get the most out of your space and create the perfect terrace.

  1. Analyse the space you have.

    Measure your terrace well so you can make the right decision on how to best use it. Take a good look at the ground, whether it is lawn, flagstones or cement – the type of ground will condition the type of furniture you should choose and the colours that will best suit it.

  2. Aim for maximum functionality.

    Think about what type of activity will take place there. Will you use it for summer suppers with friends, for some leisurely sunbathing or for relaxing with a good book? Not all terraces are that big, so it is important to establish your priorities in order to make the most of it.

  3. Choose your furniture well.

    Once you have decided on the functionality your terrace will have, choose the type of outdoor furniture that best suits the atmosphere you want to create. Remember that the furniture will be unprotected and will be subjected to changes in temperature. If you don’t choose the right materials, it will not keep long. We recommend choosing items that are resistant and durable and have been made to stand up to different types of weather. This way, you can be sure they will remain in good condition for many years to come. Comfort is important, so choose furniture that meets your needs and does not require excessive maintenance, leaving you free to enjoy your spare time as much as possible. Opt for timeless designs that suit your space and stay in fashion for a long time.

  4. Protect yourself from the sun.

    If you have a terrace that gets the sun for many hours a day, look for solutions that provide you with shelter where you can enjoy your outdoor space at any time of day. There are many options available nowadays to suit any kind of terrace. Whatever style you choose (awnings, canopies or sunshades), we recommend that you pay special attention to the material it is made from and whether it has the necessary UV protection. Sunrays are very aggressive, weaken fabric, making it age more quickly, and fade the intensity of its colour. For areas hit by strong wind, make sure to use storm-resistant materials and use a heavy enough base for your sunshades to ensure they remain stable, so preventing unnecessary accidents.

  5. Add atmosphere to your terrace.

    It’s time to decide on colours. Choose the ones that best adapt to your garden area. We recommend going for neutral fabrics for tables, chairs and parasols and then using more daring colours for additional furniture, such as loungers and mini loungers, or accessories, such as cushions, tablecloths and towels. This will give you an elegant space while adding personality and atmosphere to your terrace.

Now you know how to create your perfect terrace, let your imagination run wild and start designing your space. At Balliu, we have the outdoor furniture solutions that best adapt to your needs. Don’t hesitate to request more information from



The Green Beach has arrived!

We start the year with good ecological news, the first beach with the Green Beach Certificate in Catalonia is now a reality.

The Torre Valentina beach, in Calonge (Girona) has been awarded the Green Beach certificate, the first beach in Catalonia and the second in the whole of Europe to obtain it.

The award has been developed by the University of Girona Tourism Research Institute (INSETUR), within the framework of the European Models of Integrated Tourism in the Mediterranean (MITOMED+) project to which nine bodies and institutions from countries like Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, France, Belgium and Spain have affiliated, and it takes aspects such as accessibility, safety, sustainable management and water quality into account.

The accredited beach at Torre Valentina has 12 photovoltaic solar panels that supply power to the beach facilities and the lifeguard hut. They also, via a battery, power the domestic hot water, the lighting and all the household appliances in this municipal space. There is a completely free recharging service for electric bicycles. On the matter of accessibility, so as to guarantee access to the water for people with reduced mobility and their carers, the Balliu footbridge has been installed.

In Catalonia there are two other candidate beaches participating in the Catalonia model of integrated tourism project.

We would like to congratulate Calonge council for this pioneering initiative and on behalf of our company encourage everyone to be environmentally aware. The accredited beach at Torre Valentina is an example to follow in looking after these environmental and social aspects, and in contributing to the correct functioning of the planet.

Balliu, as a company that manufactures plastic sunloungers, is concerned about the environmental impact of this material, we reject the malpractice of single-use plastic products, and we manufacture long-lasting loungers with additive-free polypropylene making them 100% recyclable.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project!

Footbridge Balliu in Calella de Palafrugell beach

Presence at trade fairs – key to success!

2018 has been a very special, positive year for the company. We celebrated our 50th anniversary launching the new EVA PRO sunlounger – the next step for our top model, EVA RG, designed by the industrial designer Jordi Aguilar. The new sunlounger with its refurbished, more modern style was a runaway success, positioning itself at the top of the ranking for our best-selling sunloungers.

We also took another step in design, partnering with designers to create some exclusive collections for our EVA PRO.

The talented Lara Costafreda created fabrics inspired by the Mediterranean to add a touch of colour and fun.


And the brilliant designer Mario Eskenazi partnered with us to create the slats, resulting in an innovative product that is one of a kind on the market.

Trade fairs allow you to quickly make contact with potential customers and are a great chance to showcase what you do and differentiate yourself from the competition. They are even a good launchpad for starting up international operations, as you usually meet visitors from other countries. A stand at a fair is a fabulous opportunity for showcasing your company and your presence alone allows you to boost the positioning of our products and your business image.  The relaxed atmosphere is useful for reinforcing your relationship with your usual customers, strengthening trade relations, proposing new agreements, offering different promotions and making sales.

2018 has been a very active year for Balliu as regards international fairs. We presented our products at a total of 20 trade events in different countries.

We took part in two of them directly. We presented all our new items at the most important trade fair for outdoor furniture: spoga+gafa (Cologne).

We took part at the Coperama Market Place in Barcelona — a partners-only event.

Balliu had a presence at the 18 remaining fairs through our partners and distributors.

In February, all of our new items and products were presented at the Andalusia Fair, H&T Malaga, the Beaches of Torremolinos Fair (all in Spain) and the annual SIPRHO Fair in Montpellier (France).

We also had a presence—through our representatives—at VVS Strandbeurs in Holland and at the annual HORECA trade show in Athens (Greece), and at the end of the month and beginning of March, at the GAST trade fair in Split (Croatia).

The EVA PRO sunlounger was presented thanks to our distributors at the HD Expo in Las Vegas in May, at ABASTUR in Mexico in August and at the Asonahores Fair in the Dominican Republic at the end of September.

In October, our distributors took part at the SUN-SIA Guest Trade Show in Rimini (Italy), at SALON ATLANTICA in La Rochelle (France) and at the ZwembadBranche Dag in Utrecht (Holland).

Lastly, in November, our outdoor furniture collections were presented at the Salon SETT in Montpellier (France), at the Swiss Bad Fair (Switzerland), at the Aalsmeer Trade Show (Holland) and at Xenia Expo in Athens (Greece).

The marketing department at Balliu Export would like to thank all of our distributors for their great work and their ongoing trust in the quality of our Balliu furniture.

At Balliu, we continue to carry out research and strive to provide you with the resistant, safe, top-quality, environmentally-friendly products that are best suited to the outdoors.


Here’s to 2019!


Setting trend in Spoga!

We have come back from the holidays stepping hard, our presence in the Spoga Fair in Köln has been a success and for that we want to thank all our partners and visitors who have participated in the fair, especially our partner Johan Wijnja who after years of collaboration remains faithful to our team.

It has been three successful days of fair and according to the data of Köln Messe, the fair has closed its doors with an increase in the number of visitors, trends and innovations around the sector have attracted some 400,000 professional visitors from 114 countries. More than 2,000 exhibitors have presented all the technical innovations, the most current designs and the latest trends, all in one place and at the same time.

In our 50th anniversary Balliu has presented at the fair a new collection betting on innovation and setting a new trend in the market. Our designers have managed to offer novelties in their designs capturing the interest of our visitors.

Jordi Aguilar, industrial designer, has presented us with a new product; the new EvaPro, a reinterpretation of our bestseller Eva RG, with more current and ergonomic lines, more functionality and with maximum safety for the user.

Lara Costafreda, illustrator, has designed a unique, sensitive and elegant collection in three fabric designs for our Eva Pro that immerses her in the Mediterranean environment.

Mario Eskenazi, graphic designer, has achieved through simplicity to find the essence of the brand and translate it into our new deckchair reinterpreting the classic tablet in a novel product.

Thanking the three designers for participating in Balliu in this new stage, we are sure that their work will be well recognized. The strategy and the objective of the company has been consolidated by the image level and quality of its products and we will continue in constant work to do so.

And finally, thanks to all the Balliu team for the great effort and work they have done in recent months to achieve our prospects.



Essential Trends

Another year and once again the Milan Furniture Fair is hosting the principal design companies, who are unveiling the new trends that are coming for the 2018/2019 season.

On visiting the fair we see that the Nordic decorative style is disappearing in favour of a more retro style, characteristic of the 50’s and 60’s, tubular structures, circular forms and floral finishes; leading brands such as Kartell, Magis, Moroso and Jasper Morrisson are joining this new trend.

At this new edition, as we saw in the previous one, there are still sofa, chair and bench suites made in perforated plate, juxtaposing the solid and the void, so as to free part of the structure and achieve a lighter, more industrial appearance of the materials; Gandía Blansco, Magis and Dedon are moving in this direction.

Warm colours are coming to the fore, different tones of green, terracotta, pink and yellow, in their deepest shades and pastel, moving away from brighter colours and bringing a natural, peaceful air to exterior spaces.

We highlight Tórtora and bronze colours for the frames, bringing us to an earthier world where brown has the same importance as more traditional grey and white.

As far as finishes go, both for resin and aluminium, matt is gaining precedence over gloss, the latter increasingly absent in new furniture collections.

As we were already heralding  with the launch of our new EVA PRO sunlounger made from 100% recyclable resin, the ecological trend is getting ever stronger and becoming increasingly important. There is research into recyclable and biodegradable materials, as we can see in the Satellite Salon, where the brightest emerging talent exhibits, directed by Marva Friffins, and where on this occasion the awards have gone to designs with recyclable materials.

We also find this maxim with the new chair presented by Kartell, the BIO chair, manufactured in an innovative ecological material, heralding that it will become a general trend in the immediate future.

The Milan fair is not to be missed by design and decoration lovers, and for yet another year it has been an inspiring experience for the creation of new outdoor furniture collections.

Keep your eye on our blog, we will be presenting all our innovations soon!

Generation Z, the coming market.

We spoke about millennials last May, but this month let’s look at the subsequent demographic group, generation Z, born between 1994 and 2010, representing 25.9% of the world’s population.

Consumption theory indicates that the 18 to 24 year old population group is the most influential and progresses by pushing harder than any other generation. This generation does not accept playing a passive role for brands and publications; they want to produce their own content.

Initially leading brands were somewhat taken aback, but they are now on board with the trend. Some companies are already launching campaigns involving the consumer in the product development process, such as Starbucks (with their personalised recipes) or Nike (enabling customers to design their own shoes). Creative participation rather than simply personalisation is in vogue. Companies should follow that strategy to assert themselves with their new customers.

This is an altruistic, non-egotistical generation. They will prove upstanding and politically sensitive to issues such as economic and social inequality. They will look for jobs with meaning and which help them change the world.

Generation Z haven’t just been born within the digital domain. Living without technology is something they can hardly comprehend. They use the Internet to search for information from its portals, social networks, and video sharing websites.

Generation Z cannot see a world without instant access to the Internet from any device. Generation Z grew up within a scenario of uncertainty, marked by the post 9/11 worldwide economic recession. The perception of the world changed, social diversity increased, some social roles changed, and they specifically learned how to progress during difficult times. They are very mature, self-sufficient, and creative young people. They seek out memorable purchasing experiences that provide added value. Despite their current lack of purchasing power, brands need to consider this group to maintain their market positioning.

This means many brands look out over a new panorama of possibilities in which to unleash their creativity, as well as generate appealing and original content. Technology based ideas, such as augmented and virtual reality, are some of the best examples of this type of content.

As manufacturers, Balliu contemplates important aspects such as furniture personalisation. Ensuring our customers feel involved in each project is important to us, which is why we offer product personalisation options, such as the frame fabric finish or adding their own, exclusive logo.

Satisfying our customers’ needs is one of our main concerns. We analyse and work on developing proposals and designs with our distributors in order to create the most convenient and ideal solutions for every market.