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.