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8 Design Ideas to Complement the Summer Sun

On bright summer days, just taking time to appreciate life in the open air is an honest-to-goodness pleasure. When enjoying life outdoors, simple acts can become special moments. The following is a carefully considered edit of design ideas to complement time spent in the summer sun.

Coffee Service

On sunny terraces, courtyards, patios and balconies across the world, the easy-going ritual of brewing and drinking filtered coffee is a much enjoyed pleasure. With countless coffee vessels on offer, finding one that stands out is an arduous task.

Sucabaruca in white porcelain
Sucabaruca coffee service on a Canadian maple wood tray.

Sucabaruca is an attractive and functional coffee service that comprises a handsome ceramic coffee pot, cups and dripper. The set is accompanied by a Canadian maple wood tray or Carrara marble tray. Designed by Stockholm- and Venice-based Nichetto Studio in collaboration with Russian designer Lera Moiseeva, Sucabaruca is part of a collection for Mjölk, the fine Toronto-based lifestyle shop and gallery. With certainty, the Sucabaruca coffee service will make a pleasing addition to any summer table.

Sucabaruca "Pop" coffee service on a Carrara marble tray.
Sucabaruca “Pop” coffee service on a Carrara marble tray.
Sucabaruca "Pop" coffee service on a Canadian maple wood tray.
Sucabaruca “Pop” coffee service on a Canadian maple wood tray.

Photography by Mjölk, Blaise Misiek via Nichetto Studio.

Mini Table

Part table, part tray, convey drinks and canapés in a fashionable manner with the Vipp mini table. And once the sun fades, simply fold flat and store away.

The industrial-chic Vipp mini table. Image © 2016 Vipp.
The industrial-chic Vipp mini table. Image © 2016 Vipp.

Chaise Longue

When it comes to lazing in the sun, Spanish company GANDIABLASCO, with its impressive choice of high-end chaise longues, has cornered the market in reclining with style. The brand’s new DNA Chill Bed was designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco. What better place to repose on a sultry summer’s day.

The DNA Chill Bed designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco.
The DNA Chill Bed designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco.
The DNA Chill Bed designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco.
The DNA Chill Bed designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco.

Images © Gandia Blasco.

Ambient Light

Halo is a remarkable oil lamp that draws inspiration from Stockholm as “a city of candlelight”. Designed by Nichetto Studio for esteemed Italian glass manufacturer Nason Moratti, Halo is made using hand-blown Murano glass. Decorative and functional, Halo is a shining example of Italy’s celebrated craft heritage.

Halo oil lamp with matt milky glass base.
Halo oil lamp with matt milky glass base.
Halo oil lamp with matt coral glass base.
Halo oil lamp with matt coral glass base.

Photography by Studio Pointer via Nichetto Studio.

Tableware

Arabia is a venerable Finnish tableware brand that was established in 1873. Highly regarded across Finland and beyond, Arabia is a trailblazer of ceramics that tell a story of Finland’s heritage. Its products are long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing and useful, with many patterns that are certain to make you smile.

Keto-orvokki designed by Heikki Orvola.
Keto-orvokki designed by Heikki Orvola.
24h Iltalaulu&Usva. The 24h Iltalaulu tableware has a bird pattern designed by Vincent Bakkum that complements the clean white 24h tableware designed by Heikki Orvola. The 24h Usva tableware has a serene blue-grey colour.
24h Iltalaulu&Usva. The 24h Iltalaulu tableware has a bird pattern designed by Vincent Bakkum that complements the clean white 24h tableware designed by Heikki Orvola. The 24h Usva tableware has a serene blue-grey colour.
The Moomin summer mug 2016 - Midsummer. Inspired by her love of animals, nature and the changing seasons, Tove Jansson (1914-2001) charted the adventures of the tightly knit Moomin family and their eclectic assemblage of friends, in her renowned books and comic strips. Arabia's popular Moomin tableware pieces feature original Moomin drawings by Tove and Lars Jansson (Tove’s younger brother). The drawings are transferred to mugs, bowls and plates by illustrator Tove Slotte-Elevand, with each carefully chosen image scaled to fit accordingly.
The Moomin summer mug 2016 – Midsummer. Inspired by her love of animals, nature and the changing seasons, Tove Jansson (1914-2001) charted the adventures of the tightly knit Moomin family and their eclectic assemblage of friends, in her renowned books and comic strips. Arabia’s popular Moomin tableware pieces feature original Moomin drawings by Tove and Lars Jansson (Tove’s younger brother). The drawings are transferred to mugs, bowls and plates by illustrator Tove Slotte-Elevand, with each carefully chosen image scaled to fit accordingly.

Arabia tableware images © Fiskars Finland Oy Ab.

Tray

The Norr Tray by family-owned Danish company Skagerrak is a simple design that’s beautifully made and elegantly presented. Produced with untreated FSC-certified oak and natural leather, this unassuming tray will provide a relaxed “helping hand”.

The Norr Tray. Image via Skagerrak Denmark.
The Norr Tray. Image via Skagerrak Denmark.

Hammock

Simply while away a long and lazy summer afternoon with the Sambito Hammock by Skagerrak.

The Sambito Hammock. Image via Skagerrak Denmark.
The Sambito Hammock. Image via Skagerrak Denmark.

A Mediterranean Home

Set high above the Zakinthos coastline, this modern house (named Silver House) was designed by Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek and has the appearance of an idyllic summer retreat. The striking home’s white angular walls frame views of the deepest blue Ionian Sea, while its terraces and infinity pool offer sanctuary from the hot shimmering sun. It is a simply breathtaking abode.

Silver House sitting high above the Greek island of Zakinthos coastline.
Silver House sitting high above the coastline of the Greek island of Zakinthos.
Silver infinity pool overlooking the Ionian Sea.
Silver House infinity pool overlooking the Ionian Sea.
Silver House terrace area
Silver House terrace area.
Silver House terrace area.
Silver House terrace area.

Silver House photography by Serge Anton via Dezeen.

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