Blu Dot’s Hot Mesh Collection

The Minneapolis-based brand offers a metal mesh side chair for indoor/outdoor enjoyment

Though officially founded in 1997, in recent years Minneapolis-based Blu Dot has increasingly gained a larger audience thanks to a playful, function-forward approach, unpretentious attitude and generally modest prices—offering a significant step up from entry level brands like IKEA, without sacrificing quality or design integrity. As a tip of the hat to NYC’s lovely summer and one of Blu Dot’s more eye-catching designs, we took …

Tentipi Shelters

Quick set-up and weather-tested construction make these Swedish tents fit for the extremes or garden parties

A basic need like shelter is often best met by a simple design. Enter the nordic vibes of Tentipi, a Swedish tent company inspired by the nomadic, indigenous Sámi people’s katas—structures that can withstand the worst weather the Arctic can muster, allow for socialization and are easily set up and broken down. Founder Bengt Grahn was inspired during one memorable canoeing trip in the Lapland …

Share Outdoor Equipment with GearCommons

Adventure enthusiasts can now exchange gear through this peer-to-peer network

GearCommons is a simple—nonetheless long-overdue—concept for outdoor enthusiasts: a peer-to-peer network in which people who own gear can connect with people who need it, and can circulate their specialized and oftentimes expensive equipment for a price. The simple, but clever idea came to college friends James Rogers and Mike Brown in the middle of a snowshoe marathon in Vermont. Friends wanted to participate, but didn’t …