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Garden Design Trends 2020: iF Design Special

A beautiful chillout area in the backyard, a nice barbecue and a wonderfully cutted lawn: When a great amount of people is forced to stay at home during the pandemic, many of them are upgrading their homes in the meantime. Those fortunate to have a balcony, private or community garden - and also no opportunity to book a travel in these times - are happy to redecorate it and get the best escape oases outside!

In fact, garden furniture and other accessories, especially barbecues, are the top-sellers at the moment! The iF awarded products in the category Garden wonderfully sum up major garden trends and show how the importance of stay home gardens and gardening grew - long before corona.

This can also be seen in the growing amount of urban gardens and, where space in dense cities is limited, public spaces and buildings where garden spaces can be found on rooftops or on generous terraces. The best and most famous example is the Sky Garden London - see them all below!

Selection iF awarded Designs in the Category Garden

Inspired by Saturn's rings, the Halo lounge chair is practical yet very interesting. Breaking the boundaries of outdoor furniture design, the gradient annular aluminum frames are interlaced on the stable “X” construction. This innovative structure makes the chair easy to fold, store, and carry.
Halo Lounge Chair by Vineko

Inspired by Saturn's rings, the Halo lounge chair is practical yet very interesting. Breaking the boundaries of outdoor furniture design, the gradient annular aluminum frames are interlaced on the stable “X” construction. This innovative structure makes the chair easy to fold, store, and carry.

Onda takes inspiration from the dynamism of the ocean waves (‘Onda’ in Italian). Inspired by car chassis, the internal heavy-duty aluminum structure gives a sense of security to the user. The back can be adjusted at multiple angles to meet the needs of users. The full-aluminum structure reduces product weight. The fabrics are made from Batyline Eden.
Onda, Sunbed by FOSHAN SHUNDE HIGOLD FURNITURE

Onda takes inspiration from the dynamism of the ocean waves (‘Onda’ in Italian). Inspired by car chassis, the internal heavy-duty aluminum structure gives a sense of security to the user. The back can be adjusted at multiple angles to meet the needs of users. The full-aluminum structure reduces product weight. The fabrics are made from Batyline Eden.

CASUSGRILL (CG) is a simple redesign of the aluminum disposable grill. It is only made of sustainable materials – cardboard, natural bamboo, lava rocks, and bamboo charcoal briquettes, without the use of any metals. It boasts better performance, thermal insulation, safer use, and 50% fewer CO2 emissions (due to reduced resource use in manufacturing) than its aluminum predecessor.
CasusGrill - the Ecofriendly Single-Use Grill by CasusGrill

CASUSGRILL (CG) is a simple redesign of the aluminum disposable grill. It is only made of sustainable materials – cardboard, natural bamboo, lava rocks, and bamboo charcoal briquettes, without the use of any metals. It boasts better performance, thermal insulation, safer use, and 50% fewer CO2 emissions (due to reduced resource use in manufacturing) than its aluminum predecessor.

The plastic ATRA chair is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The frame design is well integrated with the perforated seating unit, assuring elegance and sturdiness. The seating unit connects to the back and the armrest, providing an ergonomic and efficient user experience. The two-part structure provides a wide range of color choices and makes the chair compatible with any spatial design.
ATRA Chair by SAVAŞ PLASTIK SAN VE TIC AS

The plastic ATRA chair is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The frame design is well integrated with the perforated seating unit, assuring elegance and sturdiness. The seating unit connects to the back and the armrest, providing an ergonomic and efficient user experience. The two-part structure provides a wide range of color choices and makes the chair compatible with any spatial design.

The TACKLIFE GSW1A is an ergonomically designed weeder with a sliding slot lever fulcrum assembly that makes the weeding operation light and effortless. The built-in automatic spring return device automatically resets after picking up the weeds, simplifying the process. Lightweight and sturdy, this product is made of lightweight metal and engineering plastics.
TACKLIFE Weeder Tool by Aukey

The TACKLIFE GSW1A is an ergonomically designed weeder with a sliding slot lever fulcrum assembly that makes the weeding operation light and effortless. The built-in automatic spring return device automatically resets after picking up the weeds, simplifying the process. Lightweight and sturdy, this product is made of lightweight metal and engineering plastics.

Jumbrella XL stands for a maximum of protection and a high degree of aesthetics & functionality. With just one pole it provides a lot of rain & UV-protection. The rectangular shape can be placed in close proximity to walls where alternative attachment options are prohibited, such as on historic buildings. Perfect tension is created by the immediate connection of spoke & textile membrane, which provides high wind stability when open.
Jumbrella XL by Bahama GmbH

Jumbrella XL stands for a maximum of protection and a high degree of aesthetics & functionality. With just one pole it provides a lot of rain & UV-protection. The rectangular shape can be placed in close proximity to walls where alternative attachment options are prohibited, such as on historic buildings. Perfect tension is created by the immediate connection of spoke & textile membrane, which provides high wind stability when open.

FITT Force brings together the lightness of compact hoses and the strength of traditional PVC hoses. Made in Italy with highly advanced materials free from PVC, phthalates, and lead, FITT Force is the result of two innovative technologies: HD-TECH cover, which is extremely abrasion-resistant and puncture-proof; and NTS mesh, for flexibility, ease of handling, and continuous water flow thanks to the absence of kinks and twists.
FITT FORCE - Garden Hose

FITT Force brings together the lightness of compact hoses and the strength of traditional PVC hoses. Made in Italy with highly advanced materials free from PVC, phthalates, and lead, FITT Force is the result of two innovative technologies: HD-TECH cover, which is extremely abrasion-resistant and puncture-proof; and NTS mesh, for flexibility, ease of handling, and continuous water flow thanks to the absence of kinks and twists.

You may not run away from busy, but you can still embrace green in the city. Having house plants is the fast way, but you’ll soon realize that they need a lot of care. Luckily, Wazai can deal with it. Wazai automatically senses the sunshine and soil humidity and compares it with a database of plants from botanists, to find a suitable location and the right watering schedule for your plants.
Wazai Pot by Abilliant Corporation

You may not run away from busy, but you can still embrace green in the city. Having house plants is the fast way, but you’ll soon realize that they need a lot of care. Luckily, Wazai can deal with it. Wazai automatically senses the sunshine and soil humidity and compares it with a database of plants from botanists, to find a suitable location and the right watering schedule for your plants.

Designed to be as beautiful as they are functional, NDS plastic decorative grates are ideal for any application and come in a range of colors and designs, which aesthetically blend into any outdoor area. In combination with the lightweight, easy-to-install channel drains the need for grading a deck surface to a low area is eliminated, as the system acts as a perimeter drain with flow rates above 14%.
Mini Channel System & Decorative Grates by NDS a Member of Norma Group

Designed to be as beautiful as they are functional, NDS plastic decorative grates are ideal for any application and come in a range of colors and designs, which aesthetically blend into any outdoor area. In combination with the lightweight, easy-to-install channel drains the need for grading a deck surface to a low area is eliminated, as the system acts as a perimeter drain with flow rates above 14%.

  • 01/09

Portable Barbecue Experience - iF Gold Award Winner Carrefour

The portable Barbecue by HYBA is an allrounder and was awarded with the iF DESIGN AWARD in gold 2020

In these days, it seems like everybody is having barbecues - a huge trend all around the world! Most people have them in their backyards or terraces. But what if you do not have the space in your urban flat? Do it old school with barbecue to go! iF gold award winner Carrefour from France developed the portable barbecue HYBA, designed for easy disassembly, transport or storage afterwards. Reduced to just eight parts, which can be assembled or dismantled in just 90 seconds. Clever: The cover protects the tank, is a plate for the grill, and can be used to fan air on the embers.The iF Jury was impressed: "Thanks to its lightweight materials and compact design, it is easy to assemble, dissemble, store and transport. This is a design in which form truly follows function. Never has a portable barbeque lived up to its promise so fully."

Green Architecture - from Sky Green to Rafael Vinoly's Sky Garden


GOLDEN JADE CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT CORP is a freshman in the iF DESIGN AWARD! In 2020, they have been honored for their project Sky Green in the heart of Taichung, Taiwan. In a location with some drawbacks; heavy traffic, dense population, a mix of old and new buildings, poor air quality, and a lack of green spaces, this building features a green structure as the main facade with 260% high green coverage.

This kind of pleasant, natural environment in an urban context is no new idea! Greener buildings are evrywhere, as some winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 show, like the HiddenSpace Shoppingcenter, the Ginza Sony Park (iF gold winner) or the GreenLand HongKon Yuehu Academy. See some more examples in our winner collections on Architecture or Interior Architecture.

However, it is also a megatrend, as citties are getting more and more densed and living space scarce, to conquer the gardens in the sky. The best example is the most famous on - The Sky Garden London. 

Sky Garden is located in 20 Fenchurch Street – designed in 2004 by world-renowned Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. The garden was designed by award-winning landscape architecture practice Gillespies.

Sky Garden is located in 20 Fenchurch Street – designed in 2004 by world-renowned Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. The garden was designed by award-winning landscape architecture practice Gillespies.

Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden – a vibrant social space with 360-degree views of the city’s iconic skyline.

Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden – a vibrant social space with 360-degree views of the city’s iconic skyline.

Sky Garden is an urban oasis for Londoners and tourists alike, with bars and restaurants to rest.

Sky Garden is an urban oasis for Londoners and tourists alike, with bars and restaurants to rest.

  • 01/03

Garden Design Manufactureres and Studios: Selection 2020