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Muuto Designer Johan van Hengel

“My goal is to find something simple that makes a design unique.”

At the latest since his collaboration with Muuto, Johan van Hengel has become a force to be reckoned with in the design world. The Dutch designer is known for his logical and investigative approach, with which he puts everyday things into a new – aesthetic and functional – context, surprising the viewer in a subtle way. We visited Johan van Hengel in his design studio in Rotterdam and talked to him about his values, the meaning of furnishing as well as the creation of the new Folded Shelves.

Dear Johan, on your website you are described as a “problem solver”. With a logical approach, you want to enrich everyday objects. Is it this vision that brought you to design or has it evolved over the years? Tell us a little about your background!

As a little boy I never really played with toys, I always preferred to make things myself – for example, a spice rack made from part of an old ladder. Even then, I always thought about the functionality of the objects.

Later, I studied industrial design in The Hague, where the main focus was on solving problems and improving the function of things within the limits of technology and cost.

And yet your designs don’t just impress with their functionality. Appearance also seems to play a central role for you …

In college, the look of the products was secondary, but personally I’ve always put a lot of emphasis on making the things I design look good. Then, during a summer course in Milan, I got to know and love the world of furniture design and attended many lectures on it – it opened my eyes.

After that I started a job at Khodi Feiz’s studio, where I learned everything about shapes and proportions and my vision started to take shape.

What else do you focus on in your designs? What is especially important to you in your products?

My goal is always to find something simple that makes a design unique. Something that looks natural and logical when you see it and that contributes to the aesthetics of the design – for as long as possible.

What role does furnishings play in your life?
I always find it amazing how furnishings can affect your mood and make you feel comfortable or not. I consider my products as a kind of ingredient to enhance or complete the atmosphere of the room.

And how would you describe your personal decorating style? How and where do you live?
I work and live in Rotterdam. I would describe my interior style as relatively minimalistic and tidy – with natural tones and warm colors. I am easily distracted by clutter. A minimalist and tidy space then helps me sort out my thoughts.

Do you have any role models?

There are so many great designers that I admire for their work – it’s hard to pick one. Even though I adore many designers from times past, I prefer to look at what’s happening in the present.

At the beginning of my career, I admired Jasper Morisson for his simple and logic designs, Konstantin Grcic and Stefan Diez for their innovative and more radical approaches, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for their sensitivity.

The Folded Shelves you designed for Muuto are now permanent fixtures in the design world. What was the idea behind them and what makes them so special?

When designing the Folded Shelves, I was inspired by an abstract painting where it looks like the surfaces overlap and cast shadows. I wanted to transfer this principle to an object so that I could use it to present and organize different objects.

The special thing about the Folded Shelves is the processing and bending of the metal. We developed a technique to make the shelf from just a single piece of steel, creating a product that looks novel. Because there has never been anything like it before. Nevertheless, it looks logical and is absolutely intuitive in its function.

Now there are new variants of the popular shelves. Tell us how it came to the color and size selection.

In consultation with Muuto, I thought it would be exciting to add a smaller variant to the family – for greater variety. Designing an upright variant felt logical. Thanks to the proportions, you can hide a lot of small things on the shelf – or decorate them on it.

Color trends are constantly changing, so it’s nice to keep adding new colors and giving the shelves a new identity. Muuto’s color palette has changed since we first launched the Folded Shelves.

Now we have selected shades from Muuto’s color universe that perfectly match and complement the original variants. Because the different Folded Shelves are great to combine.

What would you say: to which interior style do the Folded Shelves fit best and how/where do you personally prefer to decorate the shelves?

I have already used a Folded Shelve in different rooms. The good thing is that it adapts quite easily to different environments. When you feel like changing things and redecorating, you can easily put it in another room and it looks different and new. I first had it in the hallway, now in my bedroom and next it will be in the kitchen.

How did you come to collaborate with Muuto and why do you think the brand is such a good fit for you and your designs?

I made contact with Muuto at the Milan Furniture Fair. Muuto discovered the shelves and was interested in developing them further together and making them suitable for different living and room situations. After that, the collaboration started in Rotterdam and Copenhagen.

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We share the same values: We pay attention to the functionality and simplicity of a product above all else, and we are always looking for new perspectives on a design.

What do you think: What profession would you be in if you weren’t a designer?

I think I would be a physical therapist or something along those lines. I like to improve the function of things and solve problems. I also like to work with my hands.

What trends are you currently observing in interior design and which one do you like?

r best?

I’m fascinated by bold interiors – with lots of color and sculptural furniture pieces. I like it when shapes and colors look like a collage. At the moment I see a lot of dark interiors that create a dimmed and warm atmosphere in the room. It’s a good way to relax and come down.

But I myself still prefer a bright interior with lots of natural materials and colors for my home – because they give me energy and keep a clear head

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Dear Johan, thank you very much for the insights into your work and the presentation of the new Folded Shelves!



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‘Interview with designer Rikke Frost

With her sustainable and functional designs, to which she individually adds that certain something, designer Rikke Frost surprises home design enthusiasts all over the world. We met the Danish designer for an interview and talked to her about her TV appearance on “Denmark’s Next Classic” and the CALEO lamp in collaboration with Le Klint. We were also able to elicit a few valuable tips from her on the subject of lighting.

Did you always want to be a designer?
No, but I have always loved beautiful things and good craftsmanship. As a child I did a lot of handicrafts and painting, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I developed a career aspiration.

Where and how do you live?
I live in a 160 m² townhouse in Aarhus, Denmark, together with my husband and two children.

Describe your interior style in three words.
Old. New. Mixed.

Describe a typical workday.
My workdays are always very different – and that’s what I love about my job. One day I sit and research or draw, the other day I attend metal or wood workshops and work on prototypes and models.

Tell us more about your studio.
My studio is located in the harbor of Aarhus in an old warehouse. It offers one of the best views of the city and I love observing everyday life from there. There are lots of other creative businesses in the corner. I share my studio with an architect.

What makes your designs so special?
I always strive to design sustainable, functional and simple furniture pieces with a special twist. Together with my clients, I always try to develop eco-friendly solutions.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I often fall in love with materials or manufacturing methods, which then inspire me to create new designs.

You’ve already collaborated with well-known brands like Skagerak and Woud. What is particularly important to you in such a collaboration?
Teamwork. The chemistry between me and the label simply has to be right and we have to be able to trust each other.

In the TV show “Denmark’s Next Classic” you designed the CALEO lamp for Le Klint. The viewers were able to follow you while you did it – not a typical everyday situation, is it?
In the TV show, we always had only three weeks for each project. With the luminaire, it was even fewer days because of the Christmas holidays, when it’s difficult to find people to help you. So I was thinking practically – I needed to design something out of a material that I could handle on my own.

Paper came to mind and I called Le Klint and asked if they wanted to work with me on this crazy project. I sent the label a really bad first sketch. But they still said yes because it was something new they had never seen before.

What makes the CALEO so special?
The pleats of the CALEO are arranged horizontally. My original idea in doing this was to design a luminaire that could be opened to give off even more light. This idea also gave rise to the metal arch of the luminaire. The brown lines on the paper reinforce the pleated look – both when it is on and when it is off.

h when switched off. I’m very pleased to be working with a Danish label that still places a high value on traditional craftsmanship.

You’ve already won several design awards. Which one are you particularly proud of?
The German Design Award for the “Edge Filigree” handle in collaboration with Furnipart. I am very grateful because Furnipart believed in my vision, even though it was very different from the company’s previous work. They took a risk and we were all rewarded for it. It gave me even more confidence for future work.

What role does light play in your home?
We always have too little light in our house and try to bring more brightness into our home. When you live in Scandinavia, light is simply essential for your well-being.

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What qualities does a light fixture need to have for you?
Depends entirely on the purpose. A luminaire for a cozy atmosphere should convince with its design, even if it is not currently in use. At the workplace, it doesn’t have to be a statement luminaire. Task lighting simply has to do its job without being noticed in a big way.

What should you look for when buying a luminaire?
The function, the environment, and whether it matches things that are already in the room.

What are your personal and professional goals?
I want to continue to learn and discover new things. The day I don’t love my job anymore, I will look for something new. My dream is to someday be able to say that I have created a true design classic. Something that will last and outlast several generations.

Dear Rikke, thank you very much for your time and the exciting interview!

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‘Homestory: Furnishing in warm natural tones

Viktoria is a full-time stylist and lives in Berlin with her husband and their three children. On her Instagram account @tthese_beautiful_thingss, she inspires more than 66,000 home design fans every day with glimpses of her spacious city apartment, which she has decorated in soft natural tones in an invitingly warm way. We visited her at home and talked to her about the effect of color and the harmonious interplay of light.

Dear Viktoria, describe yourself in 3 words.
Feminine, elegant and creative.

In your pictures everything is always top styled and it seems as if every piece has its fixed place. How do you manage that despite having three children?
In fact, everything has found its place in our home. Nevertheless, I like to decorate and redesign some things passionately. A beautiful, clean, tidy and good-smelling home is very important to my husband and me – but not at any price.

The kids are allowed to really let off steam here and often mess things up. Afterwards, everything is tidied up before they go to bed.

What do you look for most when furnishing your children’s rooms?
I pay particular attention to durability and the fact that everything can be combined with each other. Of course, it’s important that the kids feel really comfortable. I do everything in consultation with our children and most of the time we even agree.

And what colors do you mainly choose for the design?
I don’t think it should be too colorful in general, but still childlike with a few splashes of color. Because the room becomes colorful on its own as soon as the kids start playing. Subtle colors and a mix of different materials like wood and linen create a sense of coziness and calm. I like to combine this with modern classics like the String System or the Acapulco Chair for kids.

Do you have a favorite product of ours?
Oh yes, actually a lot of them. But the one I like the most is our AJ Floor Lamp by Louis Poulsen – one of my favorite classics that we couldn’t do without. I also love the Vertigo light fixture on the ceiling and my new Series 7 chairs from Fritz Hansen. Everything harmonizes fantastically with each other and gives the room a whole new look.

Where does your passion for design and beautiful things come from?
I think it started in my early childhood. I had a strong interest in interior design, architecture and art. The first thing I did after school was to redesign my room and draw pictures of rooms, which I then decorated visually.

My father always thought I would become an architect. Unfortunately, I never made anything of it and decided to go into another field.

But then the great passion developed over time. In my first own apartment I tried out many things and learned that an apartment or a house should be able to develop.

What is your biggest source of inspiration when it comes to interior design?
Interior magazines, travel and then come Pinterest and Instagram.

You decorate mostly in natural tones. Has that always been the case?
Yes, actually, it has always been like that. In between I had tried one or two other styles, but I always came back to my style. I like

The interior has always been a mix of the straightforward Bauhaus style, feminine elegance and a little lightness of the Scandinavian style. Art is definitely a must.

And what do you particularly like about it?
The soft natural tones make a home look stylish, but not like a showroom. You should simply feel comfortable and like coming home.

In the meantime, things are finally moving back in with us that give our apartment a touch of Bauhaus style. I’m looking forward to it and am excited to see how it will look in the end.

Since our apartment is not particularly bright, I do without dark large pieces of furniture and rather reach for the bright ones. I always say “decorating is a long process” and you never really stop. I’m starting to feel like I’ve arrived, though, and I’m excited when I’m finally done.

You also show your courage for color with your walls with different shades of gray and beige. What do you think: How do wall colors change a room?
The right wall color can, for example, make small rooms seem larger and large rooms, in which you almost feel lost, smaller. You can also increase your sense of well-being with wall color. I like light natural tones because they have a calming effect on me and my family. We live in Berlin in the middle of Ku’damm and have enough hustle and bustle outside.

Your passion is art. To what extent do you incorporate your passion into your decor?
I think decorating in itself is a kind of art and I love to stage some things artfully and then photograph them. With flowers, branches and different materials. I also love to paint and I love to look at art exhibitions. Three of my “paintings” are already hanging on our walls.

You rely on many different light sources in your apartment. Do you have any tips for optimal lighting design?
I think that you should have a light standing or hanging in every place in the apartment where you like to be. With good light, you can create your own atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable. A luminaire is the icing on the cake of any interior and conveys an aesthetic effect.

What is important to you when buying a luminaire? What do you choose?
It depends on what place I choose the light fixture for. In the kitchen I need a lot of light, and in the living room and bedroom I need rather warm, cozy lighting. The entrance area should look inviting and should be neither too cool nor too warm for me.

As for the design, I personally like modern or even timeless – and therefore durable – classics.

Dear Viktoria, thank you for the great insights into your home and the inspiration for a naturally beautiful interior!

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‘Vitra Home Stories for Winter 2020/21

Exclusive offers and novelties for the new season

Home design fans have been waiting a long time for this, and now they are finally back: the new Vitra Home Stories. Every year, the popular label surprises us for spring and winter with exciting new products and limited editions that make the hearts of interior lovers beat faster. This year is no exception. Discover the Vitra Home Stories for Winter 2020/21 in the magazine – authentically presented in the private homes of very different personalities.

The Vitra Home Stories for Winter 2020/21

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  1. Modern living with the Eames
  2. The architectural approach
  3. The art of a sustainable home
  4. Living and working in harmony
  5. All offers at a glance

1. modern living with the Eames

Actress Liane Forestieri lives with her family in an art nouveau townhouse in Munich – and is a big fan of the classic designs by Charles & Ray Eames. Her interior design style is one thing above all: colorful and wild. Liane loves to combine different colors, fabrics and patterns to give the house liveliness and character. She achieves this with a mix of Eames Shell Chairs from Vitra in various colors and finishes, which she skillfully combines in the spacious eat-in kitchen.

Another family favorite is the Eames Lounge Chair – a true and, above all, long-lasting classic that will last generations and later be passed down to children.

“The Lounge Chair has this casual timelessness. It just looks good anywhere.”

2. the architectural approach

The Vitra Home Stories for Winter 2020/21 take us further into the home of design lover Emmanuel de Bayer, who lives in Paris and Berlin and is a self-confessed Prouvé collector. Emmanuel sees his home as a cocoon – a world of its own where you feel safe. To achieve this, he relies on tranquility. On beautiful objects that have something meditative about them. For an individual touch, he specifically uses color accents and combines a maximum of four tones that harmonize well with each other.

His preference for Jean Prouvé’s designs gives his home a straightforward, architectural touch. What he likes most about the designs is the palpable post-war optimism, the combination of old and new, and the approach of combining wood and metal – because for him, that creates exciting contrasts – something constructivist – in the living area.

An example of this is Prouvé’s Standard chair – its seat and backrest are made of wood, the chair legs of steel. The Chaise Tout Bois, on the other hand, which is almost identical in form and has now been relaunched, is made entirely of wood. Thanks to the solid back legs, it can withstand great loads despite the absence of metal and exudes the character typical of Prouvé.

“I really like the architectural approach of Prouvé. It’s the most interesting aspect of his work, I think. The metal structures are reminiscent of buildings.”

3. the art of a sustainable home

Deborah Choi takes a particularly natural approach to living. The founder of the plant store Horticure is originally from New York and has lived in Berlin with her daughter for four years. Thanks to the many

len plants, most of which come from her store, she has created a green oasis in the middle of the big city.

Her interior is a wild mix of selected functional and aesthetic pieces – accessories that remind her of her travels and different pieces of furniture that connect with each other through harmonizing materials or heights.

“I get excited when individual pieces are out of the ordinary, but in the end they add up to a coherent whole.”

When it comes to fashion and interior, the founder places a high value on longevity. For her, sustainability means buying things that don’t need to be replaced. A concept that continues and strengthens artisanal manufacturing processes.

“Consuming without sense and reason is not for me.”

People in New York are obsessed with design, Deborah says. Vitra is a popular address there. And it’s also where she finds furniture that meets her sustainability standards.

In 1945, Charles & Ray Eames experimented with a specially designed apparatus for deforming glued wood. The result was children’s furniture, sculptures, toys and the legendary Plywood Chairs.

For the 75th anniversary, Vitra is presenting a limited edition of the Lounge Chair Wood with a black base and seat and back in dark brown walnut. The Eames Elephant in Plywood, which never went into production at the time, is also being honored with a special edition: in the Eames Elephant version (Plywood, grey) with grey-stained wood, it looks even more like its living model.

4. living and working in harmony

Artist Karin Sander lives and works in Berlin and advocates flexibility and experimentation – even in the home. Together with friends, she designed the loft in which she lives herself, placing a great deal of focus on the harmonious combination of living and working. Her studio is designed so that she can use it for other things at any time.

Karin only feels really comfortable when her home is constantly changing. When furniture disappears and comes back, when rooms are used differently again and again. She is particularly fascinated by Jasper Morrison, who seeks the special in the normal and reduces things to the essential.

“Chairs are little personalities to me. When people visit me, I always find it interesting to observe how they choose their chair. Because you take ownership of the seat as well.”

Morrisons’ designs manage to create a very special plasticity through form, color and materiality. With the new Moca Chair, the designer has succeeded in creating a prime example of this design approach.

The stackable chair is simple, robust and yet special in its details: two bent steel tubes form the base of Moca – one the front legs and the support for the backrest, the other the rear legs. Two veneer wood shells are attached to this as the seat and backrest without any screw connections visible from the front, which ensure pleasant comfort thanks to their body-shaped form.

What the artist particularly likes about Vitra is its cultural commitment, the history of architecture and living that can be experienced on the Vitra Campus. An important part of this is also the Repos and Grand Repos armchairs by A

ntonio Citterio, who have been bringing a unique combination of haptics, movement and aesthetics to the world since 2011.

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Distillate tasting at the Torgglerhof Schenna

Sometimes it may be something high-proof. Whether as a fine digestive after dinner, as a special gift or maybe just for fun. What I really appreciate for such occasions: Spirits from regional producers, who often produce only small quantities. Among the distilleries in South Tyrol, I have actually already discovered a few that meet these requirements. I recently got to know one of them at a tasting in the Merano region: the Torgglerhof Schenna. Learn more about the history of the farm of Matthias and Ruth Gögele, its good drops and the schnapps tasting in the article.

Distillate tasting: a spirited evening

Excitedly, I stand in front of the sales room of the Torgglerhof with a small group of vacationers eager to taste. The brief glance I took at the farm’s website before signing up for the distillate tasting made me curious – about the rooms and the products. After a short, warm welcome in front of the sales room, however, the guided tour and tasting are already underway.

Here you can buy the fine wines.

We climb the creaking wooden stairs to the rustic firing chamber with its very special history. Distilling takes place here in the brightly polished copper pot still in the fall. We learn from Matthias Gögele how schnapps and liqueurs are made from the various types of fruit. His wife gives us our first taste of the house’s own grappa. The aroma is already promising, which is confirmed by the first sip. The same applies to the Braeburn brandy that follows.

Distilling pot from the Black Forest

Currently sealed: the still

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First part of the schnapps tasting: grappa.

For safety’s sake, it goes down to the cellar for further tasting. Enthusiastically, I take a look at the historic rooms of the house as I pass by. Behind the sales room, lovingly laid tables with bread and water await our group. There, over the course of the next hour, we taste our way through the Torgglerhof’s assortment – always expertly explained by the owner couple. Interesting information about apple growing in the region and about the listed farm is also provided.

A short look into the historic cellar rooms.

All this is available for tasting.

Something to compensate: water and bread.

Info on the tasting and contact detailsThe

public distillate tasting takes place once a week from 20.30 and lasts at least an hour. Your participation costs 10 euros. The information about the date can be found on the notice board at the tourist office in Schenna.

Alternatively you can ask for it by phone or e-mail directly at the Torgglerhof and register.

Phone: +39 0473 945744 | E-Mail: torgglerhof@schenna.com

The Torgglerhof in Schenna

The Torgglerhof is one of the beautiful old farms in the region. I had already noticed it during earlier vacations in Schenna. Because the road from St. Georgen leads directly past there and on many a hike he was for me thus just before my destination at the Hotel Sunnwies. However, I would never have guessed how old the farm is. So exactly one does not know it also. According to the records, however, it probably dates back to the 12th or 13th century. A ga

nz special historical charm you can actually feel in the lovingly designed rooms to this day.

An eye-catcher: the listed building of the Torgglerhof.

Even more good drops: This is where the wine is stored.

If it could talk, the combustion chamber in particular would have an exciting story to tell. In the 15th century, after all, it housed the prison of Old Schenna. The barred windows still give a hint of this former purpose from the outside. And the massive door, which has been preserved to this day, must have immediately driven away any thoughts of escape on the part of the inmates. Later, the room was used as a smokehouse, which is still clearly visible on the smoky walls. Tiling was only done around the still for hygienic reasons.

Despite tiling, a hint of smokehouse.

This is what the doors to the prison looked like in the 15th century.

The cellar of the farm is also rustic and very cozy. The rooms, lovingly decorated by the young owners, offer the perfect ambience for the distillate tasting. I can also imagine it as the perfect place for small celebrations or events. And indeed, there are already initial ideas for such a future use.

For small celebrations in a historical ambience.

Just the right ambience for Törggelen.

Arrival and addressBy

car from the direction of Merano:
You drive up the road to Schenna until you reach the turnoff in the direction of St. Georgen/Taser after the narrow passage. There you turn right. After about 100 meters you come to the next intersection and turn right in the direction of St. Georgen. You will find the Torgglerhof about 300 meters further on the left side.

By bus:
You take the bus line 231 between Meran and Schenna or Verdins until the bus stop Rochushof. From there you go forward to the crossroads with the direction St. Georgen/Taser. Walk along the footpath past the miniature golf course to the next junction. There you turn right in the direction of St. Georgen and reach the Torgglerhof on the left side after about 300 meters.

Address: St.-Georgener-Straße 12, I-39017 Schenna bei Meran

The Torgglerhof distillery

Since 2016, the Gögeles have been distilling their good drops at the Torgglerhof. A copper still from the Black Forest was purchased especially for this purpose. As in most farm distilleries, the fruits for the brandies come from their own cultivation. It almost goes without saying that in South Tyrol these are mainly grapes and various apple varieties. In addition to well-known varieties such as Braeburn, they also include newer ones such as Envy or Pink Lady, as well as the traditional Red Delicious.

Still small, but a delight from late summer on.

Red Delicious: ready for processing.

Unlike in Germany, every farmer in South Tyrol can obtain a distilling license. Nevertheless, small-scale distilling is not widespread in the region. In fact, the Torgglerhof distillery in Schenna is the only one in town. It produces a maximum of 300 liters of the noble brandies per year. Production starts in the summer with apricots, which are called apricots in the Alpine region. Pears follow, before apples are gradually processed into single-variety distillates. Finally, the grappa finishes the production.

With one exception, the brandies of the Torgglerho

fs all have 42 percent alcohol. Only the apricot comes with somewhat less – namely 40 percent alcohol. If you prefer something lighter, you can choose from the company’s own liqueurs. There is a choice of blueberry and elderflower liqueur. Both have 22 percent alcohol. The range also includes the typical regional Nusseler with 29 percent alcohol – a nut schnapps based on green walnuts that can be found in most South Tyrolean medicine cabinets. It is said to help especially with stomach complaints.

Buying distillatesYou

can

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the good drops from the Torgglerhof in the course of the distillate tasting or directly in the sales room of the farm after prior arrangement by telephone. You can also find Ruth Gögele with her sales booth at the Schenner Dorfmarktl.

The price for the brandies and liqueurs is 18 euros and 19 euros respectively. Only the barrel-aged grappa costs 29 euros.

Phone: +39 0473 945744

Vacation in Schenna: My tips for accommodations

The Torgglerhof rents out five vacation apartments of varying sizes – suitable for two to six people. Matching the fruit cultivation of the house, they are named after grape varieties. You can find out more about the facilities, inclusive services and prices on the website, where you can also submit your booking request right away.

The historic Torgglerhof in Schenna.

If you prefer a vacation in a hotel, I can recommend the 4-star Hotel Sunnwies. I have been a guest there for over 15 years. Located in the center of Schenna, it is a perfect starting point for hikes and excursions. You can get a first impression here.

I wish you all the time beautiful pleasure experiences

Do you also have favorites in spirits? And have you ever been to Schenna or Merano? Feel free to write me in the comments which noble drops you particularly appreciate or which producers you can recommend. I am already very curious.

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‘Tisch dekorieren | Connox’

Whether for the dinner party or in everyday life – we tell you how to conjure up an appealing arrangement on your dining table. With the right table decoration ideas, you will inspire yourself and your guests.

Table decoration: What to consider?

For those in a hurry, here’s the table decoration overview.

1. choose the right table linen

The basis of every table decoration is the table linen. Discover different ways to decorate your table with table runners, placemats or a tablecloth.

Table runners offer a modern alternative to classic tablecloths. The fabric does not cover the entire table. For special tabletops, for example, if you decorate a wooden table, you can continue to enjoy the design of your dining table.

A table runner in the middle of the table (1) provides a suitable base for decorative objects and vases. A table runner laid vertically across two places (2) also serves as a place mat.

Table runners are suitable for elegant table decoration and at the same time are easy to clean. Made of cotton, polyester or linen, you can easily wash them in the washing machine. Danish label LindDNA makes its table runners from recycled leather. The noble design visually enhances the table and can be quickly cleaned with a wet cloth.

Placemats (3) are particularly suitable for everyday use. Directly on the scene, they prevent stains or scratches on your table. In case of stains, you can quickly clean a placemat individually without having to redecorate the whole table right away.

From felt to recycled leather and linen to classic cotton, you can choose from many different designs and materials. Alternatively, you can use place mats or high-quality cloth napkins when decorating your dining room table.

A tablecloth (4) is the classic base when you decorate your table festively. It covers the entire table, conjuring up a fresh ambiance. Especially for festive occasions, timeless tablecloths in white or cream create an elegant atmosphere.

Take measurements before buying your tablecloth. As a rule, the overhang should be 20 to 30 cm on each side. Depending on your taste, you can also choose the overhang wider or narrower.

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2. put together a harmonious table decoration

The so-called centerpiece is the heart of your table decoration. When you decorate your dining table, a few elements are enough to conjure up an appealing ensemble.

Use everyday items as decorative objects. Kitchen utensils that are already on your table, like a water carafe and spice grinders, become useful table decorations with fresh flowers and a candle.

Combine three or five products for a harmonious overall look. An odd number of objects has a more open and appealing effect on people.

Play with different sizes when choosing your decorations. This looks exciting and gives your arrangement more depth. Think of your centerpiece as a pyramid that has a top as well as sloping sides. A candlestick, bouquet of flowers or ornate decanter will form the center. Make sure that your table d

eko does not block the view of your counterpart.

Choose opposing deco accessories for an exciting contrast. For example, combine a ceramic vase with a wooden tea light holder. Whether it’s material or color, one or two contrasting features are enough to create the desired effect.

A tray gives your decoration a visual frame and helps you move it quickly. If all the space on the table is needed, simply move your decorative arrangement to the side.

If you choose to decorate the table with flowers, sometimes a large bouquet looks cluttered. Cut fresh flowers from the garden or divide a bouquet among several small vases.

Grouped with matching tea lights, they make a flexible table decoration that can fit even between a lavish dinner.

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Setting the dining

table A perfectly set table is not only a must for festive occasions. We’ll show you how to set your table attractively for informal occasions, too.

Start with a plate. Place everything you use with your right hand on the right side of the plate. This includes the knife, dessert as well as soup spoon, and glasses. If you are decorating your breakfast table, you will also find the egg cup here. Everything you use with your left hand goes on the left side of the plate. Classically, you place the silverware in the order of the menu, from outside to inside. Orient your place setting along an imaginary line to create a straight arrangement.

Finally, place a napkin on the center of the plate. Plain plates work well with patterned napkins, while ornate dinnerware goes well with neutral napkins. If you are expecting guests, you can decorate each place with homemade name tags.

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Table decorations at a glance:

Take

  • Table runners or sets for everyday table decoration
  • tablecloths for festive occasions
  • an odd number of decorative accessories for the middle
  • a decorative ensemble with different heights
  • different decorative objects that create one or two contrasts

Only then get started with tableware and cutlery.

Have

fun arranging and decorating your table!



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Hotel Sunnwies in Schenna – feel-good hotel with panoramic view

Do you also know the feeling when a hotel or destination almost becomes your second home? That’s how I feel about the Hotel Sunnwies in Schenna. Because even though I love discovering new things all the time, I love coming back to favorite places just as much. And one of them is clearly the Merano region in South Tyrol. I have been to Sunnwies more than 15 times – first with my parents, and more recently with my husband. I have witnessed several renovations and the rise to a 4-star hotel. What has remained is the feel-good ambience and the warm manner of the host family Rosi, Bernhard and Julia Dosser with their team.

Hotel Sunnwies in Schenna

Location of the hotelJourney to Schenna and to the SunnwiesImportant for drivers of e-cars

The Hotel Sunnwies is centrally located in Schenna opposite the mini golf course. It is a good five-minute walk to the village center with its stores and the event area on the village square. And those who want to take the bus to Merano or to one of the hiking starting points will find the respective bus stops directly in the vicinity. Accordingly, vacation in Sunnwies means for us also vacation from the car. In the underground garage or on a parking space on the mezzanine level it has its place, while we explore the area mainly on foot or sometimes by bus.
Address: Pichlerstr. 1, I-39017 Schenna (above Merano).

You can get to Merano through Austria either via the Rechenpass or the Brenner Pass. The best way to reach Schenna in both cases is to leave the MeBo (expressway between Merano and Bolzano) at Sinich and drive towards Merano. Always follow the signs to Schenna. As soon as you have turned left above Merano into the road up to Schenna, follow the road until after the bottleneck in the village. From there it is about 100 meters until you turn right at the sign St. Georgen/Taser. After a good 50 meters you will reach the Hotel Sunnwies on the left side, directly opposite the mini golf course.

The Sunnwies offers a charging station for electric cars.

Hotel Sunnwies culinary

At Hotel Sunnwies in Schenna, the day begins with a sumptuous breakfast buffet. Whether sweet or savory – there is a wide selection for every taste: starting with delicious rolls and different types of bread and ending with a selection of muesli. In addition, there are various jams, honey, chocolate spread and finally the rich offer of sausage and cheese and scrambled eggs. The whole is complemented by two kinds of juices – one of them homemade from the in-house apples. Fresh apples and carrots are also available to squeeze yourself. If you want an omelet or fried egg, one of the cooks will prepare it for you at the cooking station.

Bread selection for breakfast

Delicacies for breakfast

In the evening, the hotel offers a 4-course menu. Beforehand, guests help themselves to the antipasti buffet. A large selection of salads and changing delicacies such as vegetable antipasti, vitello tonnato or carne salada await there. This is followed by the appetizer and a soup – or a choice of a refreshing fruit drink, which are served at the table. For the main course, guests choose from three dishes – one of which is vegetarian. Finally, the crowning glory of the menu is dessert.

A small excerpt of the antipasti buffet at Sunnwies.

Do you prefer the curry-ginger soup with shrimp skewer…

… or the pear drink with cinnamon spuma?

Afterwards: Strips of fillet of beef in a parmesan shell.

Culinary variety is also always provided. For example, the 5-course gala dinner on Sunday begins with an aperitif and small snacks in the bar. During this, the host presents the weekly program of the house and Schenna. Other highlights of the kitchen are the barbecue evening in summer or changing buffets such as pasta, strudel, farmer or dessert buffet. Here I always like to be surprised by what is offered during my stay.

Dessert buffet: Here the decision is difficult.

Strudel in many different variations

Breakfast is served in the bright and friendly restaurant. If you want, you can simply take your place setting to the large terrace in the summer and have breakfast there. Dinner is also served under the open sky – or the awning – from June to August, weather permitting. And for a coffee in the afternoon or a drink before or after dinner, the cozy bar or the terrace are ideal. Since this year, on Tuesdays there is the aperitivo lungo – that is: two drinks for the price of one.

The bar of the house: the ideal place for aperitif or cocktail

Cappuccino on the hotel terrace

The rooms in the hotel

Since the last renovation, the Hotel Sunnwies offers its guests exclusively suites. These are generously proportioned and modernly furnished. Everything looks noble and homely due to the clever combination of beautiful fabrics with wood, leather and stone. Wooden floors also ensure that allergy sufferers feel just as comfortable. All suites are equipped with a large flat-screen TV and refrigerator. WLAN is of course available free of charge throughout the house.

One of the Schenna suites

A Merano suite

And this is how it looks in the Hoch-Tirol-Suite.

A dream is the magnificent view in the direction of Vischgau and Dorf Tirol, which all suites except the Hoch Tirol type offer. In the Merano suites, the view even goes straight from the bed to the mountains opposite. How could a vacation day begin more beautifully? By the way: many suites have a walk-in closet. In previous vacations, they were therefore among my favorites. Some time ago, however, the husband and I “traded” this special form of closet for the even better view from the Merano suites on the top floor with a “normal” closet. You just have to set priorities.

Enjoying the view

View towards Vinschgau in the evening

Pool, sports activities and wellness

Start the day with a few laps in the pool, after a long hike take a short dip in the water to cool down – no problem. At the Hotel Sunnwies you have the choice between a small but nice indoor pool and – brand new – an outdoor infinity pool. The view from the infinity pool immediately thrilled me so much that I would have loved to stay in it all day. There is also a whirlpool for relaxation. It is also practical that you have direct access to the sunbathing lawn from the indoor pool.

This infinity pool is a great place to spend some time.

For swimming in colder weather

The view on the

Enjoy the sunbathing lawn.

If you do experience colder days in South Tyrol, you can warm up in the sauna. In addition to the Finnish sauna, there is also a herbal sauna and a steam bath. Afterwards, you can relax in the cozy relaxation room. Sauna towels are provided in a bag in the room. You will also find a bathrobe in your suite.

In the sauna area

If you want to do more sports besides hiking, simply use the fitness room. A cross trainer, treadmill and bicycle provide variety and, if required, muscle training is not neglected thanks to the weight station. And if you’ve pushed yourself too hard during sports or the hike, do as the man and I do and book the mobile masseur. Appointments are made at the reception and masseur Helmut then comes to the suite with his equipment for the massage.

Activities from the Hotel Sunnwies Schenna

Wine lovers will find a competent contact at the Hotel Sunnwies with Sommelier Michael. On Mondays, for a fee of 10 euros, he invites guests to an interesting wine tasting, where he presents two white and two red wines from South Tyrol. The service team serves regional appetizers to go with the wines. After dinner, the schnapps truck rolls out and guests can choose a digestif from the fine wines on offer. Among them, by the way, are also brandies from the nearby Torgglerhof, which I was able to get to know during a distillate tasting.

Wine tasting expertly presented

Small snacks to accompany the wine tasting

I also like to be inspired by the hotel’s tours – or take part in them. In weekly rotation, there is a bus tour accompanied by the boss to beautiful destinations in South Tyrol or a guided hike. With snack boards, house wine and water, the bus trip is well catered for with a picnic. During the hike, a schnapps ensures a successful conclusion. Destinations by bus are, for example, scenic points in the Dolomites or, in bad weather, Lake Garda. I have already hiked together to the Schneeberg adventure mine in the Passeier Valley.

Everything for the picnic is loaded.

Excursion destination at Lake San Pellegrino

Typical South Tyrolean picnic catering

Booking options

You can book your vacation directly at Hotel Sunnwies, of course

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Phone: +39 0473 945613 | E-Mail: info@sunnwies.com

I wish you all the best travel experiences

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‘The furniture trends 2022 | Connox’

The latest furniture trends 2022 are here! Time to bring a breath of fresh air into your own four walls. In the magazine, we present the hottest trends and show you how you can integrate them into your living ambience. Let yourself be inspired by natural materials, colorful seating furniture and special tables.

  1. The courage to contrast: black vs. greige
  2. Naturalness proves itself
  3. Interior in a striped look
  4. Seating furniture in vibrant colors
  5. Functional coffee tables

1. courage to contrast: furniture in black and greige

Opposites attract! This year’s furniture trend colors black and greige show how harmonious this can look. Black design furniture is a true classic. Whether sideboards, tables or chairs: dark furniture convinces with its elegance and can be easily integrated into the living ambience. Set individual accents with colored accessories, atmospheric table lamps, green plants or bright furnishings, so that the overall picture does not look too gloomy.

Greige color is a promising color complement to black furniture. No wonder that it is equally indispensable in this year’s decor trends and kitchen novelties. The soft composition of gray and beige is a perfect base. In addition, it can be wonderfully combined with each other within its own color family and thus ensures a clean look.

2. naturalness proves itself

Sustainability also plays a major role this year. Manufacturers such as Menu, Karup Design or Normann Copenhagen present durable and authentic specimens made of natural wood in many different variations. The more natural, the better!

Materials such as rattan, bouclé or Viennese wickerwork already proved their worth last year and are also convincing this season. The trend pieces are extended by new designs, colors and finishes, so that you can’t get enough of them. The advantage? Thanks to their closeness to nature, they can be combined with each other as desired and still conjure up a coherent living ambience.

3. interior in striped look

In addition to organic shapes, another design is moving into our four walls this year: striped patterns. There are no limits here: whether aligned in clear lines, as a ribbed surface or arranged as transverse bars, the so-called herringbone pattern.

The design becomes something special when it is implemented tone in tone. This creates an exciting 3D look and the furniture becomes an absolute eye-catcher.

4. seating furniture in vivid colors

So far, some color has been missing? Don’t worry! Because this year’s must-have is design armchairs, design sofas and design chairs in vibrant colors. Popular labels like Northern, Hay or Vitra bring variety into your home with the latest trend pieces.

If you like it more discreet, only set individual accents with the colorful seating and combine them with neutral design furniture, accessories and home textiles.

Would you like a little more? Combine chairs in different colors with each other. Placed at an understated dining table and complemented with the latest tableware, the dining area becomes a real eye-catcher.

5. functional coffee tables

Boring was once! This year, it’s not just seating furniture that’s making it big. Be it through special colors, unusual shapes or functionality: the coffee table comes to the fore.

Manufacturers like ferm Living, House Doctor or Muuto are finally giving the small pieces of furniture the attention they deserve. Many new trend pieces can be used multifunctionally. The Tray Table by Hay, for example, convinces with a removable table top and the Turning Table by Menu offers a lot of storage space thanks to an integrated storage compartment.

Our tip: If the space in front of the sofa is not enough, smaller design side tables can also serve as a storage option.

Which 2022 furniture trend do you like best? Transform your home into a hip place of well-being with just a few tricks. We wish you a lot of fun!



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Lake Neusiedl bike tour: discover highlights between Vienna and Bratislava

Ad K.u.k. charm, pretty wine villages and very special nature experiences – so varied can be a cycling vacation in Austria. We discovered this successful mix of culture, nature and enjoyment in the border triangle with Hungary and Slovakia. And don’t worry: unlike what you might expect in the Alpine country, the cycling tour on Lake Neusiedl is only slightly hilly. Find out what highlights await you there in this article.

Our rental bikes: Ready for your cycling vacation in Austria

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Where is Lake Neusiedl located and what is special about Lake Neusiedl?

To a large extent, Lake Neusiedl is located in Burgenland, the smallest Austrian province. However, a smaller part of the lake is located in Hungary. In total, it has an average area of 320 square kilometers – depending on the water level. At the same time, the 230 square kilometers allotted to Austria make it the largest lake in the country.

Lake Neusiedl is the westernmost steppe lake in Europe. At its deepest point it measures only 1.80 meters and is almost completely surrounded by a reed belt. Thus it offers a special habitat for many animals. As a nature reserve and bird sanctuary, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Cultural Landscape Fertö/Lake Neusiedl.

Characteristic of Lake Neusiedl: the reed belt.

From Vienna to Baden near Vienna: imperial and royal charm at start and finish

We start our cycling vacation in Austria leisurely on the Danube Island. From there, the route description guides us through Vienna like a small city tour. Soon we discover the first magnificent buildings from the imperial era on the Ringstrasse. I would have loved to take a break at Café Landmann and experience the real coffee house flair. But in view of the 40 kilometers still ahead of us, we decided not to stop there. For this reason, a little later we also leave Schönnbrunn Palace on the right, which we had already visited on an earlier trip to Vienna.

This is a great place to study: University of Vienna.

Café Landtmann: one of the famous Viennese coffee houses – right across from the Burgtheater.

Schönbrunn Palace: you can’t get more k.u.k. than this.

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Very soon, beautiful places like Perchtoldsdorf, Mödling and Gumpoldskirchen awaited us instead. Some Heurige had unplugged and in retrospect it proves to be a gross mistake not to have stopped here at least for a thirst quencher. So we have to wait in temperatures of over 30 degrees until we reach the Klostergasthaus Thallern, where we finally treat ourselves to a cool bike beer in the beautiful guest garden. Only a few more kilometers to Baden near Vienna lie ahead of us, which can be mastered much better after being well fortified.

Heur

iger in Perchtoldsdorf: It is staked out.

In the center of Perchtoldsdorf: the castle.

Klostergasthaus Thallern: Nothing like purely in the beautiful guest garden.

Arrived in beautiful Baden, we set off after a short break to explore the picturesque spa town. It is one of Austria’s small historic towns and at almost every corner you can still feel the charm from the imperial and royal times. Many houses in the town center have been preserved from the Biedermeier period and present themselves colorfully with lush decorations. Wonderful nature awaits in the spa park in front of the famous casino, which served as a spa house in imperial times. Conveniently, we enjoy a wonderful view of it right from the balcony of our hotel room. You can find more beautiful places in Baden here with Antje on the blog Weltenkundler.

Actually the right time to go to the casino at the opposite end of the Kurpark.

The plague column in Baden.

Magnificent to look at: Details on a facade.

Restaurant tips for Vienna and Baden near Vienna Vienna

: Beer garden “Schweizerhaus im Prater “Vienna: Inn “Zu den 3 Hacken “Baden: Ristorante San MarcoOn

nice summer days we appreciate the beer garden in the Schweizerhaus in the middle of the Vienna Prater. In addition to good Viennese and Bohemian cuisine, you’ll also find a selection of drinkable beers here.
Prater 116 | 1020 Vienna | Open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Right in the center of Vienna, the

Fiakergulasch

Gasthaus “Zu den 3 Hacken”

is

one of the oldest inns in the city. Where already Schubert and Nestroy stopped in, you can enjoy traditional Viennese cuisine in a historical atmosphere until today.
Singerstr. 28 | 1010 Vienna | Open 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., closed on Sundays

Linguine al Tonno

Italian cuisine is always good. We enjoyed it very much at Ristorante San Marco in Baden. Here you can also enjoy the delicacies outside in a cozy guest garden.
Beethovengasse 10 | 2500 Baden | Open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Rust: Let’s go to the city of storks

Like on our last bike trip on the Altmühltalradweg, a city of storks awaits us again on Lake Neusiedl: the free city of Rust in Burgenland. The way there leads us first of all through fields and villages and past Eisenstadt. Temperatures of over 30 degrees and pure sunshine make the stage a challenge. We therefore postpone the visit to the provincial capital until later. We only take a longer look at the St. Margarethen quarry. Opera performances are staged there every summer against an impressive backdrop. A cultural highlight that we would also like to experience live.

Here it gets classical in summer: Opera in the St. Margarethen quarry.

As soon as we get over the climb at the quarry, we discover our destination in the distance for the first time: Lake Neusiedl. From here on we ride downhill through the vineyards towards Rust. Already on the way to the hotel we get an idea of how pretty the little town is. Later, on our tour of the listed old town, we are enthralled by the houses with their beautifully decorated facades. A particular highlight is, of course, the main street, where on most roofs a pair of storks – some with offspring

hs – squats in the nest.

It will still be a while before the harvest: Vineyards above Rust.

Rust: City tower in the listed old town.

Everywhere the stork is breeding: No more free space on the chimneys.

We meet a very intrepid stork on our further tour. He walks calmly over a meadow. We do not disturb him at all as we admire the sailing boats in the town harbor of Rust. Round trips across Lake Neusiedl also start from here. But what we like most of all is standing right on the water at this spot. Because of the wide reed belt, direct access to the lake is only possible in a few places.

Stork at the lake: Who is watching whom here?

Rust town harbor: From here you can discover Lake Neusiedl by boat.

Restaurant tip for Rust

Alte Schmiede

Sitting comfortably in the courtyard

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Directly on the historic city wall of Rust is the rustic restaurant Alte Schmiede with its beautiful courtyard. On the menu are regional delicacies. And guests of the Hotel Am Greiner can enjoy the hotel’s welcome drink here.
Seezeile 24 | 7071 Rust | Open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., in July and August until 9 p.m.

Sopron: Day trip to Hungary

It’s

not far from Rust to Hungary. That’s why we are drawn to a day trip to the small town of Sopron, or Ödenburg in German. On the Neusiedler See Radweg and the Iron Curtain Trail we cycle first through the vineyards of Rust and Mörbisch and further through the fields to Hungary. Nearby, the Pan-European Picnic took place in August 1989, when hundreds of GDR citizens fled across the border into Austria. Today we enjoy a wonderful view over the lake from there, before we finally continue on shady paths through the forest. Two swimming ponds even invite you to cool off on the way.

This way: On historical tracks on the way at Lake Neusiedl.

Lake Neusiedl shimmers in the distance.

Lake near Sopron: Fancy a little cool down?

Soon the first houses of Sopron come into view. From here, the route continues at a brisk pace down the hill to the old town, which is well worth seeing. The university town is one of the oldest cities in Hungary. During a stroll through the alleys around the main square we enjoy the flair. We like the pretty patrician houses as well as the various fountains. A special eye-catcher is also the fire tower, the landmark of Sopron.

In the center of Sopron.

Fountain with brewmaster statue

Landmark of Sopron: the

fire tower.

Restaurant tip in Mörbisch on Lake Neusiedl

Pizzeria Giovanni

With a slight spiciness: penne all’arrabiata

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Not far from the church directly in the center of Mörbisch is the small pizzeria. Whether salad or penne all’arabbiata – here not only the food is…


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‘Die Outdoor-Trends 2022 | Connox’

It’s finally that time again! The days are getting longer, the birds are back and chirping happily and the sun can also be seen more often again. Since it itches one or the other after the long dreary winter directly in the fingers. The latest outdoor trends for this year are promising. We are moving our living comfort from indoors to outdoors this year. Many manufacturers have made their formerly indoor collections suitable for outdoors. Simple and stylish colors and silhouettes round it all out. Let’s get started and spruce up that dusty balcony or patio!

Discover the most important outdoor trends in 2022:

  1. Outdoors at home – furniture reinterpreted for the outdoors
  2. Mediterranean garden dreams
  3. Need a shady spot?
  4. Lights for atmospheric evenings
  5. Culinary dreams in the outdoor kitchen

1. outdoors at home – furniture newly interpreted for the outdoor area

Why should we give up our usual living comfort in the outdoor area? Top brands like Gubi and &tradition show how to make indoor suitable for outdoors.

Whether lounge sofas, chairs or dining tables. Much of what we have already learned to love indoors has now been skillfully reinterpreted for outdoors. Lounge furniture still plays an essential role here. Especially when it comes to moving the living room outside, sofas, armchairs and chaise longues are indispensable.

The color palette this year in the outdoor area also remains restrained, minimalist and thus blends ideally with nature. This year’s garden furniture should support nature and not necessarily put itself in the foreground. Optimal, even if you want to complement existing garden furniture.

2. mediterranean garden dreams

Do you already have wanderlust? We certainly do! And what’s the best way to bring summer home? That’s right! With Mediterranean outdoor furniture and accessories that make you long for summer, sun and sea. We show you how you too can live Mediterranean.

Terracotta, wood and especially rattan are the suitable materials for Mediterranean flair on balcony and terrace. All materials radiate warmth, which in addition to the warmth of the sun provides a cozy atmosphere. And the greener the balcony, the more vacation feeling comes up. With eye-catching plant pots, special eye-catchers are skillfully created.

Coziness is also an important factor in this context. With this year’s outdoor furniture, the colors are rather restrained. All the more you can let off steam with the accompanying cushions, rugs and blankets. Patterns and colors skillfully loosen up the overall picture and really create a homely ambience in the outdoor area.

Our tip: imitate the southern countries and enjoy your siesta in a cozy hammock. The detailed weavings literally invite you to dream. So just hang out and leave the stress of everyday life behind.

3. want a shady spot?

More hours of sunshine daily we welcome of course very gladly after the cold winter. Nevertheless, it is also important to create suitable shady places. Whether on the balcony, the terrace or in the

Garden. We all need a little rest from the sun here and there with the appropriate parasols.

This year, the parasols are not only practical, but also visually become an eye-catcher in your outdoor area. Whether noble in classic colors and wooden frame or gladly with fancy colors and patterns. The parasol trends leave nothing to be desired and have something in store for everyone.

Fancy details like fringes or playful patterns and colors make you long for summer. Under these parasols you can literally hear the waves and get a piece of vacation feeling at home.

Parasols and sun protection in general also plays an important role this year for a completely different reason. For far too long, most of us have been sitting in our home offices. How would it be there not with a beautiful outdoor home office? A parasol is of course indispensable for this.

4. lights for atmospheric evenings

This year’s outdoor lights are versatile. But they are all united by one thought: design follows function. With Marset, we welcome a new Spanish luminaire manufacturer that focuses in particular on clever outdoor solutions. And this is also reflected in the designs.

With the right light on the terrace and balcony, they create a unique atmosphere and can enjoy the long summer nights to the fullest.

Even more original and also more romantic are smaller light accents by means of lanterns. As is already the case with outdoor textiles, the same applies to lights and lanterns: have the courage to use color! This way you avoid a too sterile impression of your outdoor area and design a homely environment.

5. culinary dreams in the outdoor kitchen

Now we have already moved our living and working outside. But one important part is still missing: the kitchen. Cooking and eating outside is still a big topic, as it also brings socializing back to the forefront this year.

Several garden tables are now available in very long versions, so that they can invite and entertain a particularly large number of guests. But there are also seating groups for the balcony or smaller rounds en masse. How you too can design your small balcony and thus get the most out of the limited space, we will be happy to show you in our blog.

And what would an evening on the terrace be without a small fire or barbecue? Barbecue season is back and we can’t wait to grill out with friends and family or together around a fire pit late into the night.

The premise for this year’s outdoor trends is conviviality and coziness. And that applies to all of our everyday living spaces. You see, there’s (almost) nothing we can’t move outside. We’re already looking forward to moving our center of life out into the fresh air during the summer months. Are you in?



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