Best Outdoor Products to Elevate Your Lakeside Retreat

The selection includes a minimalist fire pit and swing, as well as hand painted canoe paddles.
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Head into the summer season with a selection of near gear to spruce up your lakeside deck or patio. Below are our selections for the best new products—from an American-made grill and a playfully simple swing to Danish deck chairs and colorful canoe paddles handmade in Minnesota. Keep scrolling to check everything out.

Shokunin Kamado Grill by Kalamazoo

Fire can be built on any of three levels inside this American-made grill from Kalamazoo, depending on the type of heat you need. The deep shape makes it ideal for cooking with an offset fire or cultivating an even heat for smoking. 

Blu Dot’s tough but minimal fire pit has a sleek, cylindrical shape. It’s sold separately, but we recommend pairing it with the company’s Pokey von Pokerson Fire Poker, if only for its amazing name. 

It doesn’t get more country-fresh than Ethimo’s nod to a milk jug. The solar-powered portable lamps are delightfully retro but still look sophisticated lining a walkway or a patio.

The classic British enamelware brand continues to update its offerings with new styles and colors, and these sunny pitchers and cups will bring some summer camp goodness to your coffee table or cocktail hour. 

A duo of young designers—Alessandra Balsotti and Francesca Rosignoli, who go by Frale Design—created this playfully simple swing available in five colors of cord. It’s just one example of a trend toward weaving in outdoor furniture this year. 

Danish designer Børge Mogensen came up with this outdoor collection for his own balcony in the 1960s. Carl Hansen just reintroduced it with deck and dining chairs, a table, and a bar cart, all made of FSC-certified teak. 

The durability and low maintenance of composite decking often means a sacrifice in look and feel, but this new collection, made from 80 percent recycled materials, pulls it off. It also comes in four versatile colors. 

Handmade in Minnesota, these paddles are lightweight and functional, plus they look as good on the wall as they do in the water. 



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