24 Outdoor Products for Every Kind of Summer Plan

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Check out this list of furnishings and accoutrements for the beach, backyard, campground, and beyond.

For Urban Naturalists . . . who celebrate Mother Nature from a Juliet balcony.

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From Britain’s city gardening experts Boskke (the name means "little forest" in Old English) comes the Sky planter (from $64), an inverted hanging holder made of stoneware ceramic that doesn’t eat up any floor space.

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A timeworn interior design trick for enhancing a small area, which works equally well outdoors, is simply to add a rug. The chevron-patterned soft plastic Sapmi rug ($597) by Brita Sweden is a durable, eye-pleasing option.

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For urbanites who long to see wildlife, the Midcentury Birdhouse ($120) from The MoMA Design Store might help attract exotic winged visitors—or just pigeons. The handmade, poplar-clad aviary can be wall-mounted or hung.

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With its base tucked beneath a lounge, the Alizé Offset low table by Fermob ($347) is a space-efficient and convenient surface for holding refreshments or reading. The aluminum-frame piece is available in a multitude of colors.


For Lounge Potatoes . . .who practically take up residence by the pool.

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All-weather furniture isn’t always comfy, which is why good pillows are essential. CB2’s Be Who We Are pillow ($60) has a textured knit pattern that screams "indoors only," but can survive outside thanks to a water-repellent finish.

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Available in a few showy colors, soon to include this blueberry-ish hue, Offi’s Low Rider lounge ($399) is made entirely of recyclable, rotational-molded, low-density polyethylene. A drainage hole helps it withstand nasty weather.

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With a 16-foot-long swagged cord, the Hoist pendant (from $590, with steel shade) can hang from a covered area and reach faraway outlets with ease. Meyer Davis created the light for fellow New Yorkers Rich Brilliant Willing.

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The Hatch module chaise ($6,082), designed by Michael Vanderbyl for Janus et Cie, is inspired by classic sailing yachts. The powder-coated aluminum frame comes in white or silver and pairs with a teak seat and back.


For Gorp Connoisseurs...who summit the selfie spot on foot or in an Airstream.

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From Diabla for Gandiablasco comes La Siesta ($120), a 1.2-liter bottle inspired by Spain’s traditional porous clay water jug, or botijo. The terracotta container is too fragile for heavy-duty hikes, but for a wilderness picnic? Perfect.

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For cooks who swear by cast iron pans but loathe the idea of lugging one in a backpack, The Field Company’s Field #8 skillet ($100) is just four and a half pounds. That places it in stainless steel’s weight class. Plus, it’s made in the USA.

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Stuffed with responsibly sourced 800-fill duck down, the Sueño bag ($350) by Cotopaxi is a toasty mummy-style sleeper that weighs less than three pounds. At 82 inches long, with a large foot box, it’s plenty roomy, too.

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With side pockets for bottles and loops to attach travel bags, the Y-Pack by Colorado’s Topo Designs ($79) is ready to hit the Rockies. Alternatively, if hiking a Palo Alto tech campus is more your thing, it’s sized for most 15-inch laptops.


For Backyard Grill Masters...who dine alfresco long after Labor Day.

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A cheese tray is instantly outdoor-ready when the utensils are teak. These spreaders from Terrain ($32 for a set of four) are handcrafted in Thailand; their shape is uniform, but variations in the wood’s grain make each piece unique.

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Run by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, L.A.–based Poketo offers up its Cotton Denim Apron ($38), a two-pocket smock that’s large enough to protect your clothes from even the messiest barbecue.

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The enamel 3-Pint Jug from Falcon ($47) is available in five colors, including the British company’s signature white with blue rim and basic black. It’s great for keeping drinks cold, but also works nicely as a tabletop vase.

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Nardi’s lightweight stackable chairs make it easy to keep extra seating around for big parties. The Net Relax 327 ($186) can double as a dining or lounge chair, comes in six UV-resistant colors, and has an optional cushion.


For Garden-to-Table Types...who give away their homegrown zucchini just to rub it in.

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One look at Cane-Line’s indigo Soft Baskets (from $425)is enough to justify the splurge. They’re made of high-quality PP,so they’re UV-resistant, anti-bacterial, and non-allergenic. Oh, and they’re great for holding tools or plants.

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Barebones Living’s copper-accented steel Pruners ($30), which draw inspiration from traditional Japanese garden shears, are strong, easy to handle, and economical—basically, the last pair of pruners you’ll ever need to buy.

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In addition to its cool shape, the Globe watering can by Tools Design for Eva Solo($59) has an offset hole for easy filling, an easy-to-grip handle, and a dual-function spout that changes from jet to spray. Best of all, it’s drip-free.

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Ergonomically designed for women by English food writer and gardener Sophie Conran, the Ultimate Tool Set from Williams Sonoma ($250 for nine items) features polished steel heads, brass fittings, and solid beech wood handles.


For Beach Castaways...who are on a first-name basis with the lifeguards.

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Travel bag designer Eddie Harrop widens her scope with the Beacher tote ($425), made exclusively for e-tailer Moda Operandi. Featuring a large, open design, the canvas-and-leather bag can hold all your summer reading and more.

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A quick shake or double-tap, customizable through the Beoplay app, brings Bang & Olufsen’s renowned sound quality out of the Beoplay P2 Bluetooth speaker ($169). The frame is water and dirt resistant—great for seaside excursions.

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Made of Skagerak’s own durable Barriere fabric and galvanized steel, the Lise sunchair ($389) is a portable seat that’s made to last. Designed by Danish duo Lise and Hans Isbrand, it comes in black or blue, solid or striped.