Outdoor Accessories

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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

Covered Copper Bird Feeder

If you like the birds in your backyard/neighborhood, you’ll want to consider giving them a proper feeder that doesn’t offend your oh-so-picky-aesthetic. This feeder could be a contender: it’s handmade from solid 16 ounce, unfinished copper by a Swiss-trained metal craftsman and features a sculptural, twisting top that protects birds and seeds. Meant for smaller sized birds like chickadees and sparrows, it can hold all manner of feed so you can customize your own mix. If you prefer something less curvy in terms of design, take a look at the Flythrough Copper Bird Feeder for $79.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $74.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

City Boy Picnic Grill

Talk about a truly portable little grill, this one designed by Klaus Aalto measures 7.1″ x 7.1″ with a height of 8.7″. I don’t know about you, but that might just be the smallest (decent) grill I’ve ever seen. If you’re still planning on picnicking in the park this summer, it’d be worth the money.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $229.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Lillagunga Swing

Come on, North America retailers, get on board and add this swing to your stock. Lillagunga’s swing is an updated version of the classic wooden swing, and with a patented mechanism for attaching the ropes and adjusting the height of the seat, it can grow and change with whoever the passenger might be. Seven different rope colors to choose from.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €149.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

FYRKAT Grill

With all your planned or unplanned activities this summer, you might want to have this little guy handy. Its compact size makes it perfect for grilling on terraces or tailgating (or camping, or on the beach). Big enough to grill whole fish yet small enough to easily carry around, it’s the ideal tool for cooking up your summer meals.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Bodum

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple, and that means no maintenance.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $94.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Cascade Outdoor Shower

Last week I saw a picture of this outdoor shower and immediately thought ‘how-much-from-where’ because it’d be perfect for the lake house getaway that we are currently planning (we have land but no house yet). So, I tippity-typed out a message to inquire after the price and shipping, as the company is located in Belgium. Are you curious as well? Info below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €595 plus shipping
Available from: Atelier Tradewinds