As finally spring sets in and temperatures go up, we all dust off our garden furniture, fire up the barbecue and prepare for the gentle British Summer. However, it is not always so gentle and the threat of cooking yourself in the baking sun even more than your burgers on the charcoal becomes a reality.
In Mediterranean countries every house has awnings on their patios and gardens but still in Britain there are many that don’t, with the inhabitants being exposed to the heat and the damaging sun rays. At I-M, we are quite design led so we understand you wouldn’t want to destroy the carefully planned aesthetics of your outside space with any old awning, and there is no need to do that. There are several design brands in the market that fulfil the function of a traditional awning but with far more modern designs and functionality. Our choice this year is Markilux, a leading German manufacturer, which since 1972, has been creating awnings, window blinds, furniture and other homes accessories of the highest quality and with the highest design values. The guiding principle of the company is:
“There is nothing that cannot be improved further.”
Here we feature the Markilux patio awning MX-1, winner of the German Design Award 2016 as well as three other design awards. Its deep cassette narrows towards the front, not only protecting the retracted awning cover, but also forming a practical narrow canopy against the façade. The extravagant appearance of the cover cassette is a real eyecatcher and the coloured front profile can be illuminated with an LED light strip.
Apart from high-class design and lighting that gives a warm, cozy atmosphere, the MX-1 sports a vast array of comfort-enhancing technology: extra strength folding arms quietly extend and retract the cover; an additional shade plus blind protects against the glare of the sun and provides privacy; the power supply to remotely control the motor-driven awning or intelligent weather station is hidden invisibly in the cassette housing; the MX-1 can be controlled via smart phone or tablet. This designer awning provides plenty of shade with an area of up to 30 square metres.