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: www.tempogirona.com

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 info@balliuexport.com.

 

 

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.

Tumbona

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.

 

Seeing the world in 2018

The New Year is on its way and we want to tell you about some of the interesting tourist destinations emerging in 2018. A selection of unfamiliar countries and cities that are gradually becoming a trend for tourism agencies. Ride the wave of adventure and enjoy these places the world has to offer; it’ll be worth your while…

Lonely Planet’s recommendations for 2018 are here and we wonder how they choose the destinations. It’s a carefully thought-out process based on suggestions made by experts and travellers: a team of experts creates a list of finalists using criteria such as current interest in each destination, the expectation they generate and the ‘surprise factor’. Selected destinations also have to meet other specific requirements, such as their holding a special event, that they have been unfairly ignored or that they ought to be seen before they become a destination for the masses. Consideration is also given to five travel trends for the coming year, such as marathon-run destinations, vegetarian and vegan holidays and private islands, among others. The experts also select the top ten cultural holidays for families, the best newcomers and the best accommodation.

So, which are these destinations? First up, we have the ten countries with a lot to celebrate.

Chile is at the top of the list as 2018 sees it celebrate its bicentenary as an independent nation. It’s an exceptional country thanks to the variety of its natural phenomena: glaciers, volcanoes and deserts to arouse visitors’ interest.

South Korea is one of the Asian wonders least known in the West and in 2018 it is set to host the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Our neighbour Portugal is also in vogue: a cultural and gastronomical resort with wonderful beaches, natural parks and biosphere reserves.

Yibuti is where you want to be if you’re looking for adventure. It has the most incredible desert and salt-crystal lakes hidden in the most remote corner of the world.

New Zealand is a hiking paradise thanks to its Great Walks -long routes that take hikers through some of the wildest areas of its incredible countryside- and it is also pioneer in protecting its environment.

The island of Malta will be in travellers’ sights just as soon as La Valetta becomes European Capital of Culture 2018. This tiny island country in the heart of the Mediterranean, with its dense, convulsed history, is to play its part as European Capital of Culture with a great deal of baroque, pop music, international film festivals and a biennial contemporary art exhibition.

A century ago, after the Russian Revolution, Georgia was declared an independent state and, in 2018, this country of the Caucasus will celebrate in style. The perfect destination for excursions, rafting, horse riding and skiing.

Mauritius is a racially mixed cultural destination with traces of its colonial past, in which different historical influences (African, European, Hindi) have created a Creole culture of its own. Its beaches amaze visitors with their spectacular crystal-clear water, luxurious resorts and coral reefs for those who enjoy diving.

China has the highest population in the world; it is enormous and has many places yet to be discovered. Classic sights such as the Great Wall, the Silk Road, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and the Shanghai skyline are joined by other destinations that have remained more or less beyond reach until recently. These include Gansu, the jewel of the Silk Road, and Yunnan, a backpacker’s paradise.

2018 will be the year of Nelson Mandela and South Africa commemorates the centenary of his birth with an official programme of sports, educational and artistic events under the motto of ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy. The main aim is to inspire societies committed to the same values through exhibitions on transparency, respect, passion and integrity.

As far as cities go, Lonely Planet puts Seville at the top of the list. In recent years, it has been transformed and bloomed into a vigorous city with an artistic past. In 2018, it plays host to the European Film Awards and will be a location for the series ‘Game of Thrones’. There are also plans to continue the exhibitions organised for the fourth centenary of the baroque painter Murillo.

The Andalusian capital is followed by the US city of Detroit, which is ‘bubbling over with ideas’, Canberra in Australia and Hamburg in Germany, with its new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Next year could be perfect for discovering Kaohsiung and its seaside charm and creativity. Antwerp is one of the most important baroque cities in Europe and is to stage the Flemish Baroque Year. The unofficial capital of Flanders is brimming with history, art and design. Matera is an underground city preparing for tourist fame when it becomes the European Capital of Culture 2019. Eighth on the list is San Juan in Puerto Rico, where a colonial past ‘blends in with an emerging, modern city’. It is followed by the Mexican city of Guanajato, with its colourful urban landscapes. The list ends with Oslo, which has been undergoing a spectacular renovation and, to top things off, the iconic Oslo Opera House is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exceptional season of concerts and shows. This makes 2018 the ideal year for visiting the city.

And remember what John Steinbeck said: “People don’t take trips, trips take people”.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

 

 

Celebrating our 50th anniversary

On November 25th, we held our first Balliu convention with our partners, another opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships. The motive for our celebration was the company’s 50th anniversary, which is coming up next year 2018.

We are aware that our success comes from the work and effort of all the company’s distributors, customers, and staff throughout those 50 years, which is why we are proud to continue as the sector’s leading sunlounger manufacturer.

We are excited and enthusiastic about this new phase. Our commitment to continue offering the best products for the professional sector derived in the launch of a new sunlounger, the Eva Pro. The project has been long and tough, involving prestigious designers who managed to capture our spirit and values, expressing them through their creations. Thanks to our great team making it all possible, we were able to convey our values of innovation, commitment, quality, and sustainability.

Specialized in product design and Balliu industrial designer, Jordi Aguilar created the new structural design; comfortable, versatile, with maximum resistance and adaptability to a wide range of environments.

The new project comes with new fabrics too, designed by Lara Costafreda, a graphic designer with a fashion sense. She designs using watercolours and draws inspiration from natural elements, taking us to a pure dimension.

We also launched the Eva Pro T, with some innovative slats designed by Mario Eskenazi, an Argentinean graphic designer. Known for his simple approach to brand identity projects, he does away with the expendable and highlights the true essence of things.

The company’s management would like to thank all those that attended and made the event possible, as well as those involved in the new product, undoubtedly a success, and lastly, our Balliu team, who drive the company forward.

The Urban gardering at Spoga fair

Once again we attended the Spoga garden trade fair in Cologne.

The fair’s 10 pavilions included garden living, garden creation & care, garden bbq and garden unique, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the latest products and trends in the sector.
Plants and greenery for both open air and interior green spaces were showcased at this year’s fair.

The Urban Gardening trend featured even more strongly this year, reflecting people’s need to enjoy nature without giving up the convenience of city life. Interior gardens and urban terraces mix natural materials such as wood with other more modern elements such as aluminium and polypropylene.

As we saw in Milan, sofa combinations, including modular furniture, armchairs and three-piece suites continue to be highly popular garden furniture options, in response to people’s desire to enjoy outdoor spaces to the full.
Soft greens, yellows and browns are the colours that best reflect the natural tones of the plant world, while greys and whites are more appropriate for urban settings.

Attractions at the fair included Smart Gardening World and IVG Powerplace Akku, showcasing the latest technology for balconies, terraces and gardens, exterior lighting, garden care, security, barbecues, canopies and swimming pools.

This year’s fair also provided an opportunity for new talent, with the Unique Youngstar competition, the theme of which was outdoor living. The first prize went to Jessica Bruni for her design for hanging bags for plants, suspended from a pole attached to the ceiling, demonstrating how greenery is being increasingly incorporated into urban settings.

According to official figures, a record number of exhibitors and 39,000 visitors attended this year’s fair, making Spoga one of the leading events in the garden furniture sector.
A total of 2,131 international exhibitors displayed their wares for the garden sector. Both the number of visitors and the quality of the stands were impressive.