Heirloom-Quality Items We’re Drooling Over—for Home, Kitchen, and Beyond
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Designed in 1930 by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, this timeless “couch” functions more as a chaise, the perfect platform for lounging into the late afternoon sunset. The instantly recognizable (and frequently knocked-off) piece, which exemplifies his “less is more” design philosophy, is often seen complemented by elegant chair sets that come at a lower cost. Finishes can be selected, but we like the classic black leather option shown here.
Barcelona Couch, $11,321
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Ariel Gordon x This Is About Humanity Necklace
Not only is this dainty, handmade 14K gold necklace stylish, but it’s also for a good cause. For every purchase of this necklace, Ariel Gordon will donate 100% of the proceeds to This Is About Humanity Fund which works closely to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who are affected by violence and instability in their home countries. The organization advocates for their human rights and safety while supporting housing, medical care, legal counsel, and on-the-ground relief efforts.
Ariel Gordon x This Is About Humanity Necklace, $595
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Rimowa Topas Luggage
Dreaming about traveling again, and thinking about investing in a new suitcase with a tough (and wipeable) exterior.
Rimowa Topas Luggage, from $1,350
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Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope
If you’re ready to take your stargazing to the next level, the NexStar 8SE is the perfect ‘scope to make that leap with. An 8-inch mirror brings all the planets into view, makes the rings of Saturn pop, and reveals deep-sky detail like galaxy arms with amazing clarity. An automated mount takes most of the work out of finding and tracking objects, so there’s much less star-hopping and more stargazing than you’re used to if you’ve been using an entry-level backyard instrument.
Celestron 8-Inch Reflecting Telescope, $1,200
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So much outdoor furniture can look chunky and resort-y or cookie-cutter “modern,” but this sleek Finnish teak chaise with Sunbrella upholstered cushions is comfortable, low slung, and timelessly elegant. Oil the teak to keep it vibrant and natural looking or let it weather for a more rustic look.
Pizza geeks know that 800 degrees fahrenheit is the magic temperature at which pizza becomes a transcendent, blistered, pillowy, chewy Neapolitan delight, and this freestanding, copper-clad pizza oven can crank out the necessary BTUs. What’s more, it’s fully assembled, wheelable, and can have you cranking out perfect pies on delivery day.
Forno Venetzia Pronto 500 Pizza Oven, $2,125
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Honda Miimo HRM 520
Like a Roomba, but for your lawn, Honda’s Miimo will cut up to three-quarters of an acre based on multiple programmable patterns. It may cost more than the 15-year-old kid down the street, but it’s probably more reliable—and doesn’t need a 30-minute lemonade break halfway through.
Honda Miimo, $2,800
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LC3 Grand Modele Three-Seat Sofa
“Cushion buckets,” that’s what the design group behind this sofa called its riff on the club chair. This three-seater is one of the most classic silhouettes, and like a proper club chair will wear well with age. It’s as relevant today as it was in 1928, when the “International Style” first came into view.
LC3 Design Moderne Sofa, $12,610
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The Flintstones goes modern with this bookshelf, and who knew we’d love it so much. The soft edges balance out the variety of geometric shapes that act as shelves, making it a fun focal backdrop for art pieces, candles, select books, and more.
Isobel Bookshelf, $750
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With long RV rental waiting lists and the travel bug biting strong these days, the smart socially distanced vacation move is car camping and this 4-season hard top roof tent makes it super easy to enjoy the open road and great outdoors. It sets up in 60 seconds flat and, boasts a comfy 1.8 inch foam mattress, can withstand 40 mph gusts of wind, and can sleep up to 3 adults (or a snug family of 4).
iKamper SkyCamp2, $3,899
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This cozy chair combines high design and serious comfort. The low profile that feels like the ultimate upgrade to the bean bag chair, while packing more ergonomic benefits and eye-catching aesthetics that everyone can enjoy, from guests to kids. Ligne Roset makes an entire modular couch system around the design, or just add the single chair to level up your lounge space
Togo Chair, $3,330
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Nest by Airstream
The best classic Airstream models have become iconic—but their creature comforts haven’t always kept up with the times. Not this unit, which includes robust WiFi and solar capabilities and is light enough to be towed by smaller cars.
Nest by Airstream, from $42,900
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Committing a sizeable sum for the perfect camera to document outdoor adventures can stir up anxiety in anyone. Enter the Nikon D5, the camera company’s flagship DSLR with seemingly limitless capabilities. From its incomparably wide iso range (100–102,400) to its stunning video and lightning quick 120 fps, the D5 can stand up against any camera on the market.
Nikon 5D, $4,000
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Oru Coast XT Collapsible Kayak
Lake loving and ocean-adjacent boaters alike should consider keeping one of these in the trunk of their car this summer. Yes, trunk of your car, as the Oru is brilliantly designed to fold up like origami, can be worn like a backpack, and unfurls into a seafaring, one-person kayak that unlocks aquatic pleasure wherever you stumble upon it.
Oru Coast XT, $2,200
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Made of cast aluminum in Arkansas, this burly grill and smoker in basic black is the handsomest outdoor cooker on the block and will last a lifetime. The capsule design, hinged grates, and precision venting system lets you go slow and low when you want, and is ideal for the two zone cooking that lets you get a good sear on your meat before sliding it to the cool side for a tender finish.
PK 360 Grill Smoker, $800
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Yeti V Series Hard Cooler
Can Yeti coolers get any cooler? Well they did with this vintage-inspired (think Coleman Steel Belted on steroids) perfectly engineered (it’s got the guts of the top shelf Tundra) cooler that keeps ice frozen for days and is so handsome you could use it as a coffee table.
Yeti Series V, $800
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The love child of an Insta-pot and a Vitamix, this ingenious device offers precision control of any dish you can dream up. From melting baking chocolate to whipping up rice; from kneading dough to perfectly cooking poached eggs, it’s truly the One Thing to Rule Them All on your countertop.
Thermomix TM6, $1,500
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My weekly guilty pleasure is one of the activities I’ve missed most in the Coronavirus era, so this device has helped me keep my massages regular. The best part is you can do it anytime.
Theragun G3, $350
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Ninebot Electric Long-Range Scooter
That rental scooter thing got out of control there for a while. But now that city’s have cracked down and covid has got folks nervous about communal commuting, what’s an eco-conscious, scooter rider to do? Buy one! Segway’s latest model is sleek, sturdy, can hit 18 mies an hour, and boasts a 40-mile range, which is more than enough for any urban commute.
Ninebot Max, $700
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CB2 Oak Justice Coffee Table
Coffee tables make a major statement, and this midcentury-inspired oak coffee table makes a beautiful one. The contrast of the wide base and slim, hand-finished surface make for a quietly bold centerpiece for any living room.
Justice Oak Coffee Table, $800
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Plodes Geometric Firepit
Easily the most striking fire pit on the market, and possibly the most versatile. It burns charcoal or hardwood, can convert into a coffee table or a grill, and boasts rustic and rusty good looks (opt for the Corten steel, which will weather just so but stop short of degrading once it reaches a lovely patina).
Plodes Firepit, $2,145
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Dirt-Cheap Summer: 16 Awesome Items Helping Us Survive the Season
It ain’t all gold-plated RVs and plunge pools around Sunset HQ. These inexpensive items—from flip-flops to paella pans—are the seasonal essentials we love.
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