Outdoor Accessories

Direct Designs’ Space Grill

This crazy looking contraption looks like it has plenty of surfaces for you to prepare and grill the heck out of whatever you’d like.

From the UK design firm DirectDesigns, this beautifully designed charcoal grill will last a lifetime. The 4-mm thick fire bowl is finished in ultra high-temperature 1,100-degree paint. The unique, swing-out grill system comprises of two heavy-gauge stainless steel grills that height-adjust for different cooking temps. On the top grill, sit a serving dish, a saucepan or use as a back-up cooking or warming grill. The larger main grill swings out to enable quick fuel top-ups. Underneath the bowl is an integral ash collector and adjustable ventilation system. We also love the eco-friendly bamboo chopping board and built-in hooks for tools. Doubles as a brazier, too, so you can keep the fun going into a cozy night by telling campfire tales around it. Not big enough? The larger diameter 800 Space Grill features a split-level main grill, two chopping boards and two upper grills.

Space Grill 600: 23.5″ diz x 45.5 ht, $395.00,
Buy it here.

Available with nylon weatherproof cover (+$30).

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Availability: Buy Direct Designs’ Space Grill here

Hepper Roost Bird House

A decidedly modern accommodation for your feathered neighbors:

Chances are slim that the birds in your back yard are reading Dwell magazine, but nonetheless they will be dwelling-well in this mini-modern home of their own. The Roost bird house is a perfect place for bringing up a family of chirpers. Sorry, no human sized versions (yet).

-Aluminum construction will not rust, is chew-proof, non heat-conducting
-Anodized colors do not chip
-Easily removable sections for annual cleaning, but locked in place when hanging
-Venting and drainage to stay cool and dry
-1 3/8″ entryway
-13″W x 7 “D x 10″H

$125.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Availability: Buy Hepper Roost Bird House here

System 45 – 39 inch

I have to admit, even though this is way beyond my budget for outdoor lighting (not to mention just outdoor anything), it is such an elegant solution. You can position the head in three different ways to reflect light along a wall, angled, or down onto a path.

Simple and architectural, the System 45 Lighting Collection (2007) offers three different fabrications in three sizes and an adjustable head that can be directed three different ways. Position the System 45 to send light horizontally, at an angle or down toward the ground, and the head’s direction can be changed even after installation. The included 24W fluorescent bulb provides long-lasting bright, but diffused light for a walkway, patio or poolside. The teak veneer can be treated with the included teak oil to maintain its original luster or, if left untreated, will patina to a silvery color over time. Professional installation is recommended for this hardwired light. Made in Italy.

$1,076.00 – $1,864.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,076.00
Availability: Buy System 45 – 39 inch here

Urban Nature Planters

These planters would certainly set you back a fair amount, but their substantial sizes and über modern design is surprisingly hard to find among most outdoor décor suppliers.

Made entirely of fiberglass, these planters are not only extremely light weight but will also withstand the elements and resist dents better than any other material on the market. Also, since fiberglass is non-porous, the bowls are completely waterproof, making them a perfect choice for indoor and outdoor applications.

Minimalist Bowl: 30″ x 24″H, $1,395.00, Buy it here.

Ideas: Use a minimalist bowl as a bold stand alone accent piece, purchase a pair to frame a dramatic entryway, or use as a recurring element to unify your habitat.

Shallow Bowl: 48″ x 14″ H, $1,695.00, Buy it here.

Ideas: Fill a shallow bowl with eye-catching succulents or create a self contained water garden by filling with river rock, aquatic plants, and goldfish or koi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,395.00-$1,695.00
Availability: Buy Urban Nature Planters here

Terracotta Birdhouse and Wall Mounted Birdhouse

Here’s a nice habitat for your neighborhood birds. As you know, their habitats are disappearing, and it’s nice if you can provide a place for them to nest.

Made from all-natural clay, the Terracotta Bird House (2003) is an attractive, but not ostentatious, home for garden birds. Designers Gavin Christman and Kate Knapp created the Bird House as a response to the disappearing habitats of small North American birds. Its understated spherical design and small entry hole make it impervious to the advances of squirrels and other predators, and it’s sized to offer a safe nesting spot for blue tits, coal tits and marsh tits. The Bird House comes in recyclable packaging and includes a steel wire for hanging and a plastic protector to prevent tree damage.

Free shipping until June 21st!

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Picnic Trunk with Table

Seeing that Father’s Day is next weekend, this might be an excellent option for showing your appreciation.

A Picnic Trunk that raises the bar (or table) when it comes to outdoor dining. With a well-planned interior that keeps everything organized, and an extendable table on which to serve your feast, this Trunk will have you on your way to an adventure in no time. It’s made from durable canvas and comes with a hefty polyester carrying strap for easy transport. The trunk comes with two wine glasses, two melamine plates, cutlery, a corkscrew, two cotton napkins and salt and pepper shakers.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Availability: Buy Picnic Trunk with Table here

Baja BBQ firepack

Usually we try very hard not to post something until it’s actually available, but in this case it can’t be helped. I’ll try and update the post as soon as it’s up on a retailer’s site.

“The Baja BBQ Firepack is charcoal packaging that lights instantly and burns away in the grille, making the barbeque experience simple, clean and chemical free. Made from 100% recycled biodegradable paper pulp, the package contains 2 lbs of natural lump charcoal and features an integrated chimney that creates perfect hot coals in 15-20 minutes without the aid of chemicals or lighter fluid. Available at gourmet supermarkets.”

eco-friendly instant charcoal packaging designed by Mike and Maaike for Design Annex/ Lazzari

Gameboy Bricks

While this choice of brick might be an extremely expensive way to pave your garden walkway/patio, they might grab you as worthwhile for nostalgia’s sake.

(*I do feel the need to warn you about the rather unaesthetic site: sorry to whoever made it, but it’s not very pretty.)

10 € ($15.45)
Shipping outside of the E.U. is: 22,80 € ($35.23)
Shipping in the E.U. is: 13,80 € ($21.32)

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro15.45
Availability: Buy Gameboy Bricks here

Notebook Portable Grill

Check it out: this portable grill simply folds up so it’s easy to carry around. Everyone will think you’re the coolest when you bring this to a picnic or backyard BBQ.

‘Yes, this is one grill that is pretty amazing. A super-slim, portable charcoal grill that lives up to its boast as a “notebook.” And a superstylish one at that! It’s lightweight, too, weighing in at slightly over 8 lbs—seriously!–and the cut-out handles make it a cinch to carry. There’s a 192-square-inch cooking surface on a stainless steel grate, and the stainless steel black surface has a waterproof finish. All in all it comes in at 18”x14”x12.”’

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Availability: Buy Notebook Portable Grill here

Cuckoo Clock Bird Houses

I love, love, love this bird house (and its price).

“Classic design lets the form serve our winged pals!”

Black only.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99
Availability: Buy Cuckoo Clock Bird Houses here

(Spherical) Bird Houses

Such a perfect modern home for our feathered friends…

“Designers Gavin Christman and Kate Knapp created the Bird House as a response to the disappearing habitats of small North American birds. Its understated spherical design and small entry hole make it impervious to the advances of squirrels and other predators, and it’s sized to offer a safe nesting spot for blue tits, coal tits and marsh tits. The Bird House comes in recyclable packaging and includes stainless steel brackets and all the necessary hardware.” Diameter 7″


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No longer available.

Neuton Mower

If you have a lawn, take note:

“The EPA estimates that of the 800 million gallons of gas used to fuel lawn mowers in the U.S. every year, about 17 million gallons are spilled, which can contaminate ground water. However, your ‘it’s bad for the environment’ excuse for not mowing the lawn is about to end. The Neuton Battery-Powered Mower (2007) is a smart alternative to loud, gas-guzzling machines that are difficult to start. It runs on a rechargeable battery, and in place of a pull-cord, this mower starts by turning a safety knob and squeezing the handlebar.”

*produces no CO2 emissions
*24-volt battery gives you enough power to mow for 45-60 minutes

Purchase Information:

Price: $479.00
Availability: Buy Neuton Mower here

Rainwater Hog

I had posted the waterHOG in our Remodel section at the beginning of this month, and sure enough, it is now available through DWR. This non-permanent water storage solution can work as a single unit or in multiples and can be installed vertically or horizontally.

“The Rainwater Hog (2006) is a small-scale modular storage tank for collecting rainwater that can be reused for watering plants, washing the car or whatever you need…The Hog can be installed vertically against a wall, or horizontally, and it’s specifically sized to fit between structural frames. One unit holds 47 gallons of rainwater collected from a downspout, and if a larger capacity is needed, simply attach another Hog. A percentage of sales will go to the nonprofit Water Aid. A Leaf Catcher/Outlet Kit must be purchased (sold separately) for the Hog.”

H 71″ W 20″ D 9″

Purchase Information:

Price: $650.00
Available from: DWR

Leather Handle Topiary Sheers

I can honestly say I’ve never admired Topiary Sheers before.

“Inspired by the design of sheep shears, the Leather Handle Topiary Shears (2005) have a one-handed grip which positions the hand right over the blades, offering maximum cutting control. Great for topiary shaping, these Shears are also ideal for lawn edging, pruning, opening compost sacks and dozens of other trimming jobs around the garden. The soft, weather-treated leather handle offers added comfort for hours of trimming.”

H 10.5″ W 3.5″ D 1.5″

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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Leather Handle Topiary Sheers here

Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer

Barely-there thermometer to aid your ‘is-it-cold-enough-to-wear-a-coat’ dilemma each morning…

‘Outdoor Thermometer to be placed directly on the window. Easy “click” on and off when cleaning the window.’

Dia 9cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Availability: Buy Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer here