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8 covetable, quirky products for the ultimate summer entertaining experience

8 covetable, quirky products for the ultimate summer entertaining experience


Summer is about living and entertaining! ADR curates eight of the best designer pieces and appliances, perfect for making those long summer days and nights a little bit longer, a little more beautiful, and infinitely more fun.

Summer days are long and languid – or at least they are before the return to work. For those who have returned to the office and are getting back into the flow of meetings and schedules, the halcyon days and nights of summer may feel like an increasingly distant memory. To keep the summer feeling alive, we’ve rounded up outdoor living and lifestyle pieces to covet.

Virkelyst 2-Seater Sea Blue Stripe by Fritz Hansen

What says summer more than reclining on a deliciously soft, sea-blue striped lounge chair? The Virkelyst series designed by Fritz Hansen – available through Cult – not only balances form and function with its simple wooden frame, contrasting with the thick soft cushions, it can also withstand the extremes of wind and weather.

Virkelyst 2-Seater Sea Blue Stripe by Fritz Hansen
Eames Base Low Table 

When reclining, you’ll need somewhere to put down your glass. The Eames Wire Base Low Table is the ideal piece. Compact and lightweight, owing to Charles and Ray Eames’ innovative and iconic approach to design and materials, the Low Table integrates seamlessly into almost any indoor and outdoor living space, while still making a bold and timeless design statement.

Available in a variety of surfaces and wire leg colour combinations, whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, this small wonder is capable of reflecting your aesthetic style.

Eames Wire Base Low Table
Miele KWT 6831 SG Freestanding wine conditioning unit

It wouldn’t be summer without a glass or two of wine. While some of us will be in the middle of Dry January, we draw your attention to Miele’s elegant Freestanding wine conditioning unit.

Bursting with technology and functionality, including dual temperature zones, LED lighting, and UV filters in the tinted glass front, Miele has thought of everything to ensure you can enjoy your wine exactly as the winemaker intended. 

Miele KWT 6831 SG Freestanding wine conditioning unit
NOR11 NOMAD lounge chair

With a light expression highlighting beautiful craftsmanship and materials, the NOR11 NOMAD lounge chair – available from Zenith – conjures up images of drinking a G & T beneath the dappled shade of a palm tree at dusk. With its large, inviting semi-transparent French rattan seat and back beckoning you to relax, this iconic piece inhabits space without being overpowering – the perfect addition to a minimalist, elegant space where shape and form are part of the narrative. 

NOR11 NOMAD lounge chair photographed by Morten Bentzon
Eames Wire Chairs Outdoors 

From translucent French rattan to breathy, lightweight wire – revealing rather than concealing is a strong summer theme. The Eames Wire Chair is another iconic piece worth considering if you’re looking for a chair which is versatile, adaptable, and design driven. Your friends and family will be more than happy to while away the evening with you, helping you drink that perfectly chilled wine. 

Zenith Platforma Ottoman

As mercury rises, you may find yourself needing to retire to the shade and head indoors. To bring the outdoors in, Zenith designed the Platforma Ottoman. While this modular seating piece is technically for commercial settings, it would also be right at home beneath a sunny window. With the addition of the optional planter box, it’s possible to truly bring the outdoors in and create a harmonious and natural style.  

‘Nanimarquina Outdoor Rug from the Silhouette Collection

Designed by acclaimed artist and designer Jaime Hayon, the Nanimarquina rug is a stand out piece from the Silhouette Collection. For those who love contemporary art or have a slightly quirky style, you can’t go past Hayon’s playful design.

The delicate lines and subtle introductions of colour add a touch of whimsy and delight. The fact that the rug is hand-tufted – developed with 100 percent recycled PET fibre produced in India –  means this piece is the perfect artistic addition to anchor your outdoor living space, and is durable and environmentally sustainable to boot. 

‘Nanimarquina Outdoor Rug from the Silhouette Collection
Scout RX3 Home Vision HD in Rose Gold

With summer entertaining comes the inevitable end of the night (or next morning) clean up. Miele’s Scout RX3 Home Vision HD in Rose Gold is the perfect partner appliance to do at least some of the tedious chores for you.

As with everything Miele, Scout is equipped with fantastic technology, such as 4 stage Quatro cleaning for maximum dust and hair removal on carpet and hard floors, in addition to 3D smart navigation and an app that lets you programme and control the machine, freeing up time to truly make the most of summer.

Scout RX3 Home Vision HD in Rose Gold

To continue this theme of an endless summer, check out Cox Architecture’s Glory Days cafe at Bondi Beach.

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