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Garden furniture

Our modern society has brought us, among other things, many things that differentiate us from the society of our fathers and grandfathers, two things that seem to be in total opposition to each other, and that perhaps they really are. In fact, we always talk about globalization, that is, that phenomenon that leads the whole world (often civilized and otherwise) to love the same things, the same music and the same films, therefore to buy the same objects, whether they are of basic utility or that they are pluses to daily life. The contrast is personalization, that is, the tendency to make an object unique to distinguish it from that of all the others. Perhaps it is not therefore a total contrast, but personalization can be seen as a remedy for globalization. In everyday life this discourse is carried on the subject of the personalization of our living space, which takes place through furniture: both our house and the garden that surrounds it are the subject of a continuous furnishing, made up of rethinking and refinements, internal removals and replacements. As regards exclusively the garden environment, the furniture is a crucial phase of its preparation, which however continues for almost the entire life of the garden itself, fueled by the passion and care of the owner of the garden itself.

Utility of objects

Furnishing is an action, something that, for better or worse, we all do even just when we go to fix up our room a little; however, there are various ways of furnishing, and in particular here we will consider two of them. The first is to furnish to make it beautiful: it is the classic way of furnishing, that is, following good taste but above all our taste, as it is up to us to live in that house (or room or other). The second way of furnishing instead is that which leaves one eye on aesthetic beauty, while the other eye focuses on the usefulness, on the practicality of a solution. This second way of furnishing is the one that predominates for example in gardens; they are indeed a part that elevates the aesthetics of the house and gives satisfaction to look at it, but it is also a precious place for many people, because it is used both as a temporary support (but at times this fixed time becomes indefinite) but above all as a guardian place of our passions, of those pastimes that cheer us up and distract us by engaging us. Well, this means that the garden cannot be something that only looks after aesthetics, but must have its own order, a sense of arrangement of objects that can also be useful and practical.

The shed in the garden

One of the garden furniture objects that is acquiring more and more commercial space in the sector is the outdoor canopy: this solution is very useful when you want to create a space with the right degree of shelter from atmospheric agents, without however occupying too much space in the garden and above all without imposing restrictions on movement, or obstacles such as pillars and the like. In fact, the canopy has evolved a lot compared to its past, which saw it as a structure simply resting on pillars at the four corners, and with a roof that could be either flat or angled. Today, both the natural predisposition of modern man to pay more attention to aesthetics, and the technological research that has discovered materials and manufacturing techniques of great quality, have allowed outdoor canopies (which are actually the only ones, because an internal canopy is unthinkable) to evolve and reach an excellent aesthetic level, in the face of almost unchanged, if not improved, utility qualities. The classic use for garden sheds is to offer shelter to the family car and at the same time to some tool inherent to the car itself (such as a set of spare tires or similar) and to other utility items for the garden such as the lawn mowers, a few sacks of compost.

Outdoor canopies: Materials and solutions

Modern canopies are very different from what they used to be; they were much more spartan, generally made of iron and with roof or wood or sheet metal. Today, research has led to canopies that are supported on two pillars placed on the same side, a sort of shelf: this structural solution guarantees greater freedom of movement and therefore a gain of space on the side of the «missing» pillars, which is much appreciated above all in gardens of modest dimensions, which are the common normality. To all this we can add a series of ingenious ideas, also the result of the evolution traveled by the canopy up to now; an example can be the use of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the shed itself: they are a common roof in terms of insulation from atmospheric agents, but they are also able to collect an amount of energy from the sun which, for larger structures, can meet the energy demand of the entire house throughout the day. Obviously this requires a certain expense, but well repaid with the energy earned.

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