May 7, 2015


Here is a new exciting Kickstarter campaign that has arrived just in time for warm weather and outdoor fun. Leano, half picnic mat, half lounging chair, all awesome. This instant portable seat is cleverly designed from waterproof fabric and wooden frame. The backrest is created via two wooden pegs, and your own bum acts as a counterweight. Brilliant and simple. The piece is lightweight enough to carry around, so, whenever you find yourself in a picturesque outdoor location, you can roll Leano out, pull the backrest up, and start lounging. Like a boss. Available for purchase through Kickstarter.


June 20, 2014


We all know how difficult it is to find tranquility in the overpopulated city. Having a cup of coffee or a drink on your balcony (or your fire escape, if you live in NY), could be that moment of zen we so desperately need. That is why I was absolutely delighted to hear from Madrid based studio Nimio, who showed me their latest design – a Manuela balcony table. Elegant and compact, the piece can be attached to a rail without any tools. And, thanks to its modest size, it can be easily stored all year round without cluttering your space. The frame is made of folded steel, and the tabletop can be wood or tile. The table comes in two sizes and three colors. Available for purchase here.


May 8, 2012

It’s that time of year when the little outdoor space we have is being enjoyed and celebrated. And if you are an urban dweller, every square inch of that space should be used wisely. This brilliant little item by Torafu Architects, called Skydeck, allows you to have an eating or drinking surface without cluttering your balcony (or fire escape) with outdoor furniture. Made from canadian red cedar, the Skydeck provides a simple and functional addition to any place with handrails. It attaches to the rails effortlessly and folds flat when not in use. Creates space, takes zero space when stored – beautiful idea.

(via designboom)


March 14, 2011

If you are blessed with a bit of outdoor space – you might like this clever system from Haldane Martin, called Wallflower Urban Garden. The modular system is made up of three different sized planters, creating a hexagonal, fractal pattern that climbs up vertical surfaces. Each of the three sizes of planters has been specifically designed for the differing soil depth requirements. The video below explains more about the system, its inspiration and usage. Enjoy!