Is there anything more pleasurable than a long summer evening spent outside cooking and relaxing with family and friends? Whether you’re a barbecue aficionado or a lover of lounging, prepare your garden or grounds for some memorable times with clever lighting, cozy chairs, and a modish communal table for al fresco entertaining.
From hot-shot young designer Sebastian Herkner for Dedon, the MBRACE chair offers “a warm secure, cocooning feeling,” thanks to its extra-wide back. Unusually for outdoor furniture, the chair brings together fiber seating and a solid teak base, and is available as a wingback, lounger, or rocker. An optional footstool is also available.
It’s estimated that supermarkets in the US sold more than $440 million worth of barbecue sauce in 2015 (InfoScan Reviews, IRI). That’s a lot of grilling. If, for you, summer means dining outdoors, you may wish to invest in the Morsø Grill Forno – a solid enameled cast-iron grill that, according to its maker, offers “unsurpassed advantages” when it comes to grilling. These advantages come thanks to the special surface of its grill grate, which has small pores that absorb the fat and flavorings of your meat, allowing it to grill in its own juices – a unique feature in the world of barbecuing. The stylish Morsø Grill Forno can be used with charcoal, briquettes, or firewood.
Crafted using the finest butter-soft Paraguayan leather, this 10-quart coolbox by Spanish brand Sol&Luna will keep drinks cool while you keep an eye on the barbecue. There’s also a matching Thermos flask that is perfect for decanting champagne.
Drink it all in
Knowing that one bottle on ice is never enough, designer Michael Anastassiades and sommelier Enrico Bernardo have collaborated on this silver-plated brass ice bucket for Puiforcat, which holds up to six bottles. Match with a pair of geometric crystallite and brass champagne glasses by the same collaboration from the Sommelier collection.
Light it up
Dining in the dark is no fun, so if your summer soirées are set to last long into the night, you’ll want to build up a collection of stylish lanterns by Jonathan Browning. Taking inspiration from the angular lines of 1940s and 50s design for his Morency Lanterns for Restoration Hardware, each lantern has a candle framed inside a cylindrical glass chamber, providing a soft light for twilight evenings. Available in four sizes.
Is any game as well matched to long summer days than croquet? This set by iconic brand Jaques London – which has been making them since 1795 – is the best of them all. Presented in a mahogany and brass cabinet, the Sandringham set consists of all of the mallets, balls, flags, and other accessories, and includes a copy of Croquet: Complete Guide by Anton Gill.Garden pruning
For a stylish accessory to keep the garden looking its best, turn to the minimal Mjolk watering can. The body is spun from a single sheet of copper by Harnisch, a fourth-generation metal workshop based in Toronto, and the handle is made from organically shaped oak by wood studio Urban Product.