The perfect picnic: the best design products for dining in the open air

Exceptional items for special lunches in the open air

The summer is the best season for picnics outdoors. Once the sun appears there is a great desire to stretch out on the beach or to take advantage of the sunshine for a lunch break in the garden. When organising lunch in the open air each detail is fundamental for comfort, from the food and beverages to all the accessories, but don’t forget a touch of design. Here we present a selection of cult objects for organising an unforgettable picnic.

What should the picnic basket be like? Absolutely glamorous!

The Marni picnic basket is the result of an exciting journey into the colours and atmosphere of Colombia, in a discovery of artisan traditions to preserved. The women of Curitì in the Santander district hand work the agave plant to extract a 100% organic and very resistant textile fibre with which they make the Marni bags printed in blocks of saturated colour.

A checked blanket is a must!

For a picnic the blanket Holly by Lanificio B is perfect. It is big enough for a large group of friends (130x190cm) and comes in a jolly Scottish tartan in shades of red and green, giving it that perfect touch of modernity without losing the charm of bygone eras.

A passion for barbecue!

For anyone deeply into fold away items and looking for a luxury item in 2D (or almost), there is the Mon Oncle by RS Barcelona. It’s a vintage look barbecue that weighs less than 8 kg and can be carried anywhere.

Outdoor music

Background music is essential during an open-air lunch. The Safe radio by Lexon is small and ultra lightweight, it is a must-have to bring to any picnic for lunching to the rhythms of music. The textured bamboo effect makes it perfect for a day “en plein air”. Design by Pierre Garner and Elise Berthier.

Dopo mangiato tutti sull’amaca!

The hammock by Fermob is a superbly designed item as well as being an excellent solution for relaxation. The designer Sakura Adachi has designed a double ring structure in tubular steel that apart from holding up the hammock also has a built-in sunshade. In addition to the relaxing swing of the hammock, Osmose offers an extra rocking motion allowed by its structure.

Lunching or dining in the open air is one of the best ways to enjoy the good weather even if you stay at home, for this, it is important to choose the best cladding designed precisely for the outdoor areas, such as the 2 cm thick outdoor collections by Ceramiche Coem, perfect to enhance terraces and gardens. The unique outdoor flooring and original collections are all highly textural and inspired by nature and transform each of the outdoor area into a living room open to the sky.