Balconies – oasis of relaxation
If a balcony is the only way to spend time in the open air privately and undisturbed, it should be furnished accordingly. Selected designers have made this their duty, to develop special products that also suit smaller balconies while making them stylish outdoor areas.
Summer comes ever nearer and with it the desire to lie in the sun and relax outside. The balcony becomes the most important 5 square metres between the sky and the ground in summer, especially for city folk with a tight holiday budget. Due to a lack of space however, many balconies hardly even offer the opportunity for barbecues or a social tea party with friends under the sky: the conventional barbecue takes up too much space, the usual garden furniture from hardware shops make an annoying forest of chair and table legs and boring troughs already line the balconies of the entire neighbourhood.
Architects and product designers have finally also recognised the problem and worked on a solution to it. The Berliner architect Michael Hilgers is an example here, who describes his company rephorm as a ‘development aid organisation for balconies’. With products such as the multiple Steckling flowerpots or VertVert planting system, spaces previously unusable now extend the living space. The Steckling flowerpot, for example, has two separate plant chambers and is an original alternative to plastic planter boxes and is hung very easily from the balustrade just like a saddle.
For his university thesis, designer Henrik Drecker, born in Münster, pondered the topic of the balcony. The result is Bruce, a grill for the balcony. In shape, Bruce is strongly reminiscent of a normal flowerbox - only the grill plate betrays what it actually is. Bruce can be mounted on the balcony railing or on the wall, thanks to which nothing physically stands in the way of a grill party on the balcony anymore.
But not only young, innovative designers put their focus on the balcony. Also renowned companies, like German outdoor furniture manufacturer Weishäupl offer corresponding products for small spaces. With the Balcony programme, for example, Weishäupl presents seating that is perfect for smaller spaces.