These ultra-mod accessories, including Snøhetta’s tweed blankets and Eva Solo’s neoprene-covered carafe, are the finishing touches for a delightful afternoon al fresco.
1 Blankets by Snøhetta
For Røros Tweed, a Norwegian wool blanket and pillow manufacturer, the Oslo firm created a line of six blankets, each one in a colour that represents an architecture project. When folded in a particular way, the blanket forms the shape of Snøhetta’s logo, based on the mountain that is the firm’s namesake.
2 Fyrkat grill by Bodum
This update to Bodum’s popular picnic grill does away with the charcoal and fires up immediately using a small camping propane gas bottle. Small enough to pop in a car trunk, the pot is made of coated steel, the legs of chrome-plated steel, and the lid’s handle of heat-resistant silicone.
3 Carafe by Eva Solo
A manufacturer of sleek kitchen and bath accessories, Eva Solo has updated the cover colours for its elegant glass carafe. The neoprene sleeve now comes in all-white, all-green and this Miami-chic white and lime green.
4 BRV 1 by Braven
Outdoorsy people can pump the jams with BRV 1, a battery-run, palm-sized speaker that can play music for 12 hours straight. Designed specifically for the outdoors, it is water resistant, shock absorbent and ultra-lightweight. It is also bluetooth-enabled and features a lanyard connection for easy carrying.
5 Port-a-Pint folding beer glass by Fred & Friends
With a flick of the wrist, this plastic cup unfolds into a half-pint beer (or sangria) glass. It comes in a storage case the size of a cosmetic compact and fits neatly – and discreetly – in pant pockets or tiny purses.
6 Nestbasket by Reisenthel
The latest addition to the Reisenthel collection of eco-friendly shopping and travelling bags is this recyclable polyethylene basket. Equipped with a solid panel bottom and ergonomic handles, it comes in a variety of colours, including seafoam, lavender and tangerine.
7 Pouf by Missoni
In its signature striped motif, Missoni offers this pouf that doubles as a stool or small surface for resting refreshments. Plus, a nifty side handle makes it easy to move around.