Outdoor Accessories

Triangulum Fire Pit

Fair warning, this fire pit isn’t cheap. However, for certain fans of geometry and aesthetics, it could fit the bill just fine. Made of a durable composite concrete, the Triangulum Fire Pit elevates the fire off the ground 10″, giving much needed oxygen to the fire without disrupting a conversational area. The vertical slots also allow water drainage, making this fire pit an elegant option for the cooler nights of the year.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,979.00
Available from: Boxhill

SNAP Modular Kayak

A modular kayak sounds like a recipe for disaster, but a quick search through some reviews reveals there are some definite pros to the obvious cons. Let’s go through the pros. It’s modular. Change it from one person to two to three to four, all by adding in an extra piece in the middle with its simple and fast SNAP-Tap system. This modularity allows for easier transport and storage, meaning you won’t need a big SUV or a big house. Take the smaller version, for instance: take it apart, put it in the backseat of your and store it under the bed when you get home. It’s also not too terribly expensive.
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Price: $192.00 - 260.00 each
Available from: MODULE R

Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing

Do you see the size of this Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing? Sure, there’s a little kid in the photo, but it’s still pretty sturdy in terms of length, width, and depth. Made from salvaged antique flooring, this swing from Peg and Awl has a vintage look that will fit in any backyard, especially when hung from a large tree branch. Natural tung oil keeps the seat water resistant and a five-loop fisherman’s knot secures the rope.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Dwell Store

The Chimney Box

Fire and being outdoors go hand in hand, don’t they? There’s lots of options available to house a small fire, but I doubt any of them come close to the efficiency of the Chimney Box by Tom Goodson. Handmade in Texas, each Chimney Box is made out of 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch and 14 gauge steel. A triangular shaped hearth allows for wood to be burned “teepee” style; this design allows for a more efficient combustion as well as better smoke control. What else? It’s easy to clean, it has a natural rust finish for minimal maintenance, and there are wheels for portability. Watch the video below for more.
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Price: $1,499.00
Available from: The Chimney Box

Helios Fire Bowl

A fire bowl with a stainless grill top option is just what these upcoming summer nights need, especially if you like a somewhat portable option (notice the two handles). Whether you plan to grill your lunch or your dinner, or just melt some S’mores when it gets dark, the ~23 inch diameter of the Helios Fire Bowl is a nice size for a small gathering of friends and family. The lower bowl portion elevates flames to dissipate heat while the cone grate provides enough room for an efficient burn.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $415.00 - 521.00
Available from: Dwell

Plaza String Light

You’ll be able to find variations of this Plaza String Light, but just in case you’d rather get lighting for your patio or porch sooner rather than later, this string is a good option. It has the appropriate large-scale look that will add just the right ambience to your outdoor gathering. The total length is 48 feet, with 3 foot spacing between each socket.
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Morba

Modern Mailboxes

Someone has mentioned to me that we need a new mailbox, and given that my job is to find modern, well-designed things, I feel that I cannot ignore such a plea. So, what you see below are all the items I see as acceptable options. However, I don’t necessarily feel that there’s a clear front runner. Perhaps we should have a vote on some sort of social media outlet? Hmm, stay tuned. If you are also in the market for a mailbox, and know of another (or better) option, please let me know.
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Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak

If you’re a camper (or glamper, there’s room enough for all), chances are that you’ll appreciate the Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak. It has a Candle Mode setting that lets the LED respond to wind or sound with a flicker, just like a real candle but without the fire hazard. At its lowest setting, it will last for 80 hours; at its highest, 8 hours. The Hozuki Lantern is powered by four AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMh/Zrb rechargeable) or may be powered by a USB cord as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.95
Available from: Aether Apparel

Boo Fire Basket

Sitting outside on a summer’s night is made all the more enjoyable with a little fire… and s’mores, of course. The Boo Fire Basket will help contain several logs for an outdoor fire, or, flip it over for a perfect spot to hold a lantern. It’s a good option for a non-permanent fire feature and would be easy to move around an outdoor area as needed.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Memorial Day Weekend

Here’s hoping you’ll make the most of the holiday weekend, and fingers crossed that the weather participates with any out-of-doors plans. If you’re fond of grilling in the open air, be sure to check out the Mon Oncle Barbecue by RS Barcelona, shown above and below. It’s portable (note the briefcase carrying handle) and provides a large surface for all your foodstuffs. Might be a good choice for future patio/picnic/beach excursions. We’ll return with normal posts next Tuesday.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Available from: 2Modern

Geometric Fire Pit

Remember this guy? It’s your best choice for a fire pit, in my humble opinion. For example, there’s this other Geometric Fire Pit ($998), which has a very similar shape, but it doesn’t have an optional wood top for coffee table use ($160-$222) or a grill top ($175-289) to make food part of the party. Those two additions make sense of the slight price difference, don’t you think? Choose between the Small or Large Geometric Fire Pit.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,195.00 - 2,145.00
Available from: DWR

Heavy-duty Steel Spade, Shovel, Fork

If you’re planning on digging in the dirt to plant new flowers and such, you’d better have the right tools to minimize any aching backs. Longer handles will help with that, just like you see with this set available from Kaufmann Mercantile. Fabricated from airplane-quality steel for strength, each tool is handmade one at a time in the same factory since 1964 in New Jersey.
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Price: $44.90 - 98.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Fatboy Picnic Lounge

Yes, the large tag on this Fatboy Picnic Lounge is a little obnoxious, but it’s also a little pouch for your keys, phone, etc. so you don’t lose them at the beach or park (or backyard?). Maybe we’ll just tuck it under the lounge rug so it doesn’t distract us and/or others from all the fun we’ll be having. Four giant pins, a hole in the middle for a sunshade, and an included brush make this Picnic Lounge perfect for a sunny day outdoors. And, when the day is done, roll it up and carry it home with its specially designed strap.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Design Public

Modfire vs. Target

Ouch. It physically pains me to see blatant rip-offs*. On the left, you have Modfire’s Urbanfire; on the right, Target’s recent Threshold™ Chiminea. Notice that trademark symbol? Not cool. For more information, visit Modfire’s facebook page.
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Price: $1,350.00
Available from: Modfire

Crumpled Sky Map

Just where is Perseus? What about Ursa Minor? Stop asking and start finding out by carrying this Crumpled Sky Map around on your various outdoor endeavors. Whether you use it in your backyard or on a backpacking trip, it won’t wear out, as it’s printed on the paper-like (and waterproof) material Tyvek®. It’s a good size- 35″ x 35″- and printed with glow-in-the-dark ink so you can see all the constellations properly.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Available from: A+R Store