Meet the must-have gear guaranteed to set you up for a memorable summer — from the futuristic grill ready for burger night, to the see-through speaker perfect for blasting out your barbecue playlist.
1. 4K CHARCOAL GRILL
It turns out that we like our grills like we like our science fiction robots: frighteningly powerful. Thankfully, this die-cast aluminum one is only here to help you perfect your burger recipe. Designed by the barbecue pros at Everdure in collaboration with Michelin chef Heston Blumenthal, it interfaces with a Bluetooth app so you can monitor temperatures from indoors.
2. LEGO MUSTANG
The latest in Lego’s automotive collection is a vintage Ford Mustang. Its 1,471 pieces compose a remarkably accurate 13-inch model, complete with racing stripes, five-spoke rims, and optional rear spoiler. Sure, you could buy this for your kid — but you could keep it, too.
3. Roest Coffee Roaster
True coffee aficionados know the best way to a perfect cup at home is roasting your own beans. Norwegian company Roest simplifies this process, merging digital technology and Scandinavian design to produce the perfect, professional-grade cup of joe.
$6,200 USD, roestcoffee.com
4. FUJIFILM X-T30
Nineties tourists are officially our new style gods. Hot on the heels of the crossbody bag/fanny pack trend comes this retro-styled 26.1 megapixel mirrorless camera. Film Simulation modes let you capture your trip memories with built-in nostalgia.
5. NEW MARBLE ENAMELWARE
We may be entering the renaissance of all things groovy, but designs like this cobalt blue servingware are showing there are new ways to do swirls that hew closer to stone veining than to tie-dye. Oven- and dishwasher-safe, it’s handmade by the artisans at Istanbul’s Bornn. Needless to say, the bowls are still perfect for Ben & Jerry’s.
FROM $25, bornn.com.tr
6. TRANSPARENT SPEAKER
In a world of sculptural speakers, perhaps the coolest-looking option is one that’s barely even there. Transparent Sound’s see-through bookshelf unit pairs with your device via Bluetooth so no audio cables interfere with its quiet presence. It can also be wall-mounted to frame a small portion of your wallpaper.
7. PS. GRIND
Nobody will mind that the pasta is a pinch under-salted when your salt and pepper shaker are as handsome as this stained ash wood set. A pairing of concave and convex shapes makes them easy to grip and twist, while a brass lip between the top grinder component and lower body adds a shiny detail.
8. BARBICAN TROLLEY
Stock this crisp steel cart with liquor to use it as a minimalist bar, or set it up with your record player on top and your vinyls below. Designed by New York studio Visibility, it’s one of the most versatile offerings from “new-century modern” furniture company Dims. Take your pick of white, black, or green finishes.
$285 USD, dimshome.com
9. AMERICAN CREW FIBER FOAM
If you’re thinking of growing your hair long this summer, you’re in luck. Not only are wavy locks on point right now, they’ve never been easier to care for. American Crew’s Fiber Foam — the latest in its Fiber series — provides texture, control, and an easy natural shine.
10. INFINITUM GRACE GUITAR
As much a work of art as it is an instrument, the Infinitum Grace is the latest design by New Zealand–based guitar shop Maxwell Custom. Hand-made of kahikatea and black maire woods, it also happens to sound as good as it looks.
PRICE UPON REQUEST, maxwellcustom.co.nz
11. MOKA ESPRESSO MAKER
Ditch your coffee machine for a stovetop espresso maker, and we guarantee you’ll start savouring the ritual of preparing your morning joe as much as you enjoy the end result. Alessi’s three-cup pot is designed by architect David Chipperfield with a flat lid to allow you to warm up espresso cups by resting them on top.
12. SOMMER ADJUSTABLE CHAISE
You probably have a favourite reading chair in your living room. Here’s its outdoor equivalent. Designer Chris Halstrøm adapted paper-cord weaving — a method the Danes traditionally used for den furniture — to create this lounger’s weatherproof resin cord seat. As a result, it’s just as comfortable with or without the removable Sunbrella-upholstered cushion.
13. SETUP CANDLEHOLDERS
Candlelight may set the mood, but these candleholders deliver pretty serious mood even when nothing’s burning in them. Credit for that goes to designer Jonah Takagi, who envisioned them for New York gallery Matter. Machined from a solid block of marble, brass, or aluminum, they feature four holes sized to accommodate common candle types.
$295 USD, mattermatters.com
14. POLYDROP TRAILER
We see your WeWork membership and raise you a geometric teardrop-shaped trailer. Meant for more than just camping, the Polydrop was created as a mobile space that can double as an office. Fitted with an independent suspension system for easy towing, it features sleeping space for two, a rear kitchenette, and an angular aluminum exterior that would impress even as a stationary sculpture.
$9,000 USD, polydrops.com
15. Linear Steel Table and Benches
Just in time for this year’s 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school comes this clean-lined outdoor dining set from Danish brand Muuto. Its powder-coated steel top features thin gaps to help with water drainage, plus rounded edges that prevent sharp encounters. Choose from white, black, green, or mustard finishes.
16. 6-STRAIN CANNADOR
It’s easy to dismiss most luxury cannabis products as pot-boom marketing ploys (see: golden rolling papers). Weed humidors like the Cannador are the exception. Boasting two separate layers of wood and a mahogany interior, it proves that marijuana truly benefits from being kept in a controlled environment.
17. ZEBRANO SHAVING SET
The best way to get your day started on the right path: establish a morning ritual reflecting the luxury that results from hard work. Carved from zebra-striped Zebrano wood by Czech and Speake, this suave set is a great reminder to always put your best face forward.
$625 USD, czechandspeake.com
18. RIMOWA × BANG & OLUFSEN
A good pair of headphones is as essential a travel companion as an indestructible suitcase. Which is why two of our favourite brands, Rimowa and B&O, teamed up to offer the best of both: a pair of unrivalled Beoplay H9i headphones with an exclusive aluminum carrying case.
19. OCA PLANTER
Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues originally introduced these cone-shaped planters at Oca, his famed Rio de Janeiro furniture store, back in 1955. Recently reintroduced by NYC gallery Matter in composite and steel, they remain a timeless example of Brazilian modernism at its best.
$875 USD, mattermatters.com
20. DUSEN DUSEN TOWEL
Equal parts beach towel and artistic canvas, this cotton terry towel by Brooklyn’s Ellen Van Dusen features a colourful geometric arrangement that wouldn’t be out of place in a gallery. In other words, it’s perfect if you’re headed to the beach to see and be seen.
21. FORMATION SPEAKER FAMILY
Bowers & Wilkins introduces a speaker for every corner of your home — all of them ready to sing together in perfect harmony. A sound bar, bookshelf speakers, and stand-alone units all deliver high-fidelity performance, with 24-bit audio streaming at a sample rate of 96kHz. Custom in-house tech promises to keep the units synchronized to within one millisecond.