Modern pet porter? Check. Eco-friendly utensils? Check. Cozy camo blanket? Check. Here are our six favourite items – by Alessi, Ivan Kilroe, Object Interface and more – for warmer-weather noshing in the sun.
1 PetNic by Alessi
Designed by Miriam Mirri, this basket is actually an organizer for the pet owner who picnics with his pooch. With ample room inside for a ball, Frisbee or treats, it features a two-part lid that can be removed to use as a food and water bowl. The thermoplastic resin piece comes in green, grey and pomegranate.
2 Pantagruel by Extremis
Twenty years after introducing its first product, the Gargantua picnic table, Extremis has launched an updated version. The second generation comes with a powder-coated finish and an array of material options for the table and bench surfaces. Also added is a Lazy Susan, which makes passing food around the large table easier.
3 Picnic set by Ivan Kilroe
This handcrafted bundle by London designer Ivan Kilroe discourages the use of disposable picnic utensils by offering a beautiful alternative. A metal flask and containers, cotton napkins and a cutting board, cup and cutlery carved from solid wood conveniently pack inside a supple-leather pouch.
4 Mezzo radio by Leon
A perfect companion for a solo or group meal in the park or at the beach, this mini-radio operates on AA batteries or via AC adapter. The silicone rubber shell is available in five colours and makes it durable for travel. Go retro with the traditional AM/FM feature or use it to amplify your MP3 device.
5 Grillo by formAxiom
This lightweight, tripod-style stainless steel barbeque can be easily carried off for a cookout and unpacks without tools, opening up like an umbrella. Any type of solid fuel can be used in the mesh fire basket, which can easily be extinguished, cooled and cleaned with water before folding it up to head home again.
6 Boat Blanket by Object Interface
With one side in wool and the other in water-resistant nylon, this rugged blanket designed by Toronto’s Ryan Taylor is designed to keep you warm and dry, making it ideal for a picnic. An elastic is included to roll it up for easy packing, and in addition to a blue and grey colour scheme, there is also a grey and camouflage version, in case you feel like hiding out for awhile after lunch.