Take it Outside

Trends Trends & Culture - June 19th, 2009
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one: These triangle shade sails will protect your deck or patio area from the harsh sun during long summer days. They come in a variety of colors and are made of knitted UV stabilized fabric that doesn’t shrink and can be hosed clean. Mold and mildew resistance ensure a long life, making for a solid and stylish investment. Takasho (www.takasho.jp), ¥23,000–¥29,800

Picnic table

two: Get ready for summer evenings outside with this modern take on the traditional picnic table. Adjustable and removable benches seat up to eight children or adults, making it the perfect furniture for garden parties. Made of ecological hardwood and galvanized metal and stainless steel, it requires minimal upkeep and does not need to be covered at night. Living Motif (www.livingmotif.com), ¥822,150 (available from July)

Accessory-packed barbecue

three: Gear up for summer cook outs with this compact yet accessory-packed barbecue. It includes an adjustable grill, a chopping board, and hooks for hanging barbecue tools. Even small urban balconies won’t look cluttered with this chic and space-conscious grill. Living Motif (www.livingmotif.com), ¥50,400

Handy portable grill

four: Be the envy of the park or campground with this handy portable grill. Made of rust-resistant stainless steel, it folds nearly flat for easy carrying. Both affordable and functional, it will make your summer outings more enjoyable. Living Motif (www.livingmotif.com), ¥8,400

Food cooler

five: Keep your food and wine cool during a day at the beach or park with this food cooler, modeled after traditional picnic baskets. Inner insulation keeps food and drinks cool, while the wicker exterior looks stylish and fun. Living Motif (www.livingmotif.com), ¥8,400

Oil lamp

six: Made of teak wood and glass, this oil lamp will perfectly accessorize your outdoor evenings this summer (and looks equally good inside). The fresnel grooved pattern on the glass works to spread the light and add a magical glow, while the high rim offers protection from the wind. Living Motif (www.livingmotif.com), ¥19,425