Outdoor Accessories

Picnic Set by Carina Ahlburg

Has spring officially sprung? I’d say so, and it’s got me daydreaming of afternoons at the park. I’m not a huge person for picnics, but this set by Swedish designer Carina Ahlburg has me reconsidering. Check it: plates, cups, tableware, with one big bowl for storage and/or serving, for four people.

Designer: Carina Ahlburg
Tableware is in stainless steel.
Material: Melamine.
Height 4.3″ (11 cm), 9.4″ dia. (24 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Huset-Shop.com

Cube Birdhouse by Loll

I’ve long been saying that I want to live in an anthracite cube. If only I were bird size I could live in this one.

It’s made with reclaimed milk jugs and richlite (natural wood fiber laminate).

Size – 5.5″ x 5″ x 6.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: gSelect

Blend Design: Birdbottle by Julie Rooney

Our first free header spot* goes to Julie Rooney of Blend Design. The Birdbottle was actually first posted on BLTD last August, but we now get a chance to ask Julie a few questions about the design:

What inspired you to create this product?
I was inspired to design the Birdbottle when I was at someone’s home and on their backyard fence they had a replica of the old Williamsburg bird bottle. It struck me as a unique take on a birdhouse and when I researched it more I discovered it had a really great history to go along with it as well. So I thought it would be great to create a modernist version of this once colonial object.

How long did it take to create a final version ready for sale?
The first initial sketch for the Birdbottle was done several years ago but I didn’t actually start working on bringing it to life until my husband and I launched Blend Design which was in early 2008. It then took us about a year to get it to its final version. We did several prototypes until we got to the final end product that we are really happy with.

What were the major hurdles from first inception to final product?
The major hurdle that we encountered with creating the Birdbottle was with the actual manufacturing of the product. Being a small company we couldn’t afford to do large quantities so we struggled with being as cost effective as possible. We also wanted to work with local vendors. But we discovered that many companies don’t want to be bothered with such low quantity orders, which is understandable but frustrating none the less. Fortunately we were able to find some great vendors and our product is entirely manufactured in Pennsylvania.

Thanks Julie for participating in our short q&a.

More about the Birdbottle:

What once was a functional necessity in the 18th century is now a testament to modernist design and simple function. Constructed out of aluminum, the Birdbottle’s tubular profile and slanted entrance roof provide ample security for nesting birds. The polished stainless steel perch welcomes birds home and provides a perfect spot for them to sit outside and watch over the surrounding landscape. Made in the USA

$142.00, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $142.00
Availability: Buy Blend Design: Birdbottle by Julie Rooney here

Nature Planter

This planter has been making the rounds on all the blogs for good reason. The artichoke-like design provides quite a bit of gardening room all within a relatively small footprint. Might be perfect for your balcony or patio.

Nature is a modern ceramic planter intended for growing a variety of herbs and flowers. The form takes inspiration from patterns and shapes found in nature, hence the name. The largest opening at the top can hold plants that need to root deeper. Opening like a blossom, the form allows each pocket to collect water.

The planter is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Size: 18″ tall and 22″ wide.

Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Availability: Buy Nature Planter here

Birdhouse by Emilie Cazin

If you’re planning on giving birds a crashpad, why not give them some room to perch as well? Perfect for apartment dwellers or those of you without trees around, this birdhouse provides more than enough room for those feathery friends to chill out and chatter.

This Birdhouse links the balcony to its green surroundings, the inhabitants of apartments to the birds outside. Lacking a garden in her LEGO like apartment building, Emilie Cazin created this Birdhouse in order to attract birds to her balcony and thus stand out from all the piled up apartments with the same windows, same walls, same balconies. The uniform balcony is transformed into a lookout for birdwatchers.
Birdhouse, with a form that refers to, but clearly deviates from the parabolic antennas in the cityscape, is an invitation to the city’s birds to nest close to one’s window.

Designer: Emilie Cazin (Belgium)
Manufacturer: Vlaemsch() (Belgium)

Note: currently to order you can email info@vlaemsch.be, but their store should have the birdhouse up & available very soon.

Purchase Information:

Price: €275.00
Availability: Buy Birdhouse by Emilie Cazin here

Simplicitas & Wolf Udo Wagner’s Picnic Set

Hopefully you’ll be enjoying your Labor Day* outside in the sunshine, maybe with some of the usual refreshments, and, if so, perhaps you’ll consider how this picnic set would be ever so much nicer to use than ordinary throw away plates.

Save the planet from one more throway picnic plate! Part of the Urbana series of thoughtfully designed to-go products by Simplicitas in Stockholm, this uber-compact, five-setting picnic set by Wolf Udo Wagner is made of durable, dishwasher-safe ABS. Yet it’s lightweight and ready to move. Each sectioned plate features a cup for hot or cold bevies and an all-purpose flatware triangle–fork, knife and spoon all in one. When not in use, the plates stack and cover the cups and cutlery, which stays locked in place by the screw.

Size: 11″ dia x 3″ thick

$28.00, Buy it here.

*Seeing as it is Labor Day, there’s just one post today. Posts resume tomorrow as usual.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Simplicitas & Wolf Udo Wagner’s Picnic Set here

Bird Bottle

Did you know that birdbottles were popular throughout most of the 18th century and were intended mostly for pest control? While the original birdbottles were made from rejected ceramic jugs, this modern day aluminum design provides a sleeker perch for your nearby insect-catching birds.

Constructed out of aluminum, the Birdbottle’s tubular profile and slanted entrance roof provide ample security for nesting birds. The polished stainless steel perch welcomes birds home and provides a perfect spot for them to sit outside and watch over the surrounding landscape.

$142.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $142.00
Availability: Buy Bird Bottle here

DWR Outdoor Sale

With all the summer sales going on it’s a little overwhelming to pick which items to post, but usually the most colorful and most discounted wins out.

Cadrona Mailbox, Was: $380.00 Now: $190.00
Rubber Tubs (Set of 4), Was: $220.00 Now: $110.00
Miss Rio Ottoman, Was: $350.00 Now: $175.00
Leather Handle Topiary Shears, Was: $80.00 Now: $40.00
Flat Rubber Tubs (Set of 3), Was: $150.00 Now: $75.00
Log Carrier, Was: $70.00 Now: $35.00
Marais A56 Armchair (Gunmetal), Was: $275.00 Now: $137.50

More information:

View DWR Outdoor Sale here

Steel Birdhouses

This bright steel birdhouse will adapt to a bird feeder in the winter (see here for photos). Smart.
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Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Sparky Fire Pit

For you lucky ducks that have cooler evenings in the summer months, this fire pit will keep your toes warm while you entertain outside.

Underneath the stars, outside the condo. Sleek black sheet steel woodburner with steel mesh cover makes for modern conversation around the fire.

  • Sheet steel with steel mesh cover
  • Heat-resistant lacquer finish
  • Use on fireproof, outdoor surfaces only
  • Strictly for woodburning; not intended for use as a grill or for food prep

30″dia.x16″H

$249.00
Update: originally from CB2, but no longer available.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

4th of July

Happy 4th of July! Have fun & be safe this holiday weekend.

Star Citronella Mini Torches, reg. $8.95
$4.95
Star Dishtowels, reg. $7.95 $3.95

[posted by katie]

More information:

View 4th of July here

POD Aluminium Planters

These planters have a great look with a not-so-bad price. You can opt for the stand or not, it’s up to you. Choose from orange, red, yellow, white, sea green, or brown.

Each planter is hand spun from aluminum and powder coated–making them durable for outdoors. The steel stands are fitted with rubber, shock-absorbing pads at both ends to protect the planter and floor surface–making them ideal for indoors. Two planter styles, two stand heights and six color options yield countless configurations to customize a single planter or grouping according to your site.

Planter 16″ dia x 10″ h, Low stand 15″ t, High Stand 22″ t
Made in Los Angeles.

$48.00-$158.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00-$158.00
Availability: Buy POD Aluminium Planters here

Polycarbonate Glasses by Italesse

As the summer sun heats up, make sure you’re ready for those out-of-doors drinks with these polycarbonate (i.e. unbreakable) glasses.

technio-shaped stemmed glasses suitable for sparkling or still wines. the newest in polycarbonate injection technology enabled us to shorten the stem and make them ideal also for serving long drinks and cocktails too. unbreakable and perfect for poolside, boats, bbq’s on the deck, or that guest who tends to break your nice crystal stemware.

prive beach flute, set of 4, $34.00
prive grand cru beach flute, set of 2, $34.00
vertical beach party glasses, set of 2, $30.00
vertical beach glasses, set of 2, $34.00

Buy it here.

(If these are a bit pricey, check out the polycarbonate glasses at Target…they’re a bit more affordable.)

Stainless Steel Notebook Grill

Hopefully you are enjoying your Memorial Day, perhaps with a picnic or cook-out? You might remember the black notebook grill, but the new stainless steel version is quite a looker.

The super-slim, portable charcoal grill that A+R pals made an overnight phenomenon last summer is now available in a stainless steel finish and with a larger cooking surface. Cook, say, six burgers instead of 4. There’s a 250-square-inch cooking surface on a stainless steel grate. Like its black counterpart, this new version is lightweight, weighing in at less than 9 lbs. The cut-out handles make it a cinch to carry, and the stainless steel surface has a waterproof finish. As a cooker or a gift, it’s a hit at any party.

Size (folded): 21″ w x 19″ h x 1″ d
Size (assembled): 21″ w x 19″ h x 15″ d

$68.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Availability: Buy Stainless Steel Notebook Grill here

Birdfeeders

Quick, before looking, which one do you think is more expensive? Now, did you expect that much of a price difference?

Haseform Hanging Bird Feeder, $40.00, Buy it here.
Eva Solo Bird Table, $205.00, Buy it here.

More information:

View Birdfeeders here

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