With typhoon season hopefully behind us and the promise of cooler days to come, there is no better time to pack a picnic basket, stock up on some pretty utensils and unbreakable crockery, fold a blanket and get out and have a meal surrounded by nature. Local retailers have plenty of offerings.
Prince's Building store Heather & March retails brands such as Garnier-Thiebaut and Le Jacquard Francais, which make water-resistant and stain-proof coated linens in brilliant, burnished colours for outdoor use.
From Gien come acrylic serving trays, in artsy, inventive prints, also perfect to be used on a patio table or picnic blanket.
Sabre makes casual cutlery (top), and L'Atelier du Vin offers frosted ice buckets perfect for chilling a bottle of chardonnay.
US e-tailer A+R (aplusrstore.com), which ships globally, offers creative ways to enjoy being and dining outdoors. Its Hot-Pot Barbecue Grill (above), designed by London duo Black & Blum, looks like a terracotta plant pot. But a fully functional grill lurks beneath the top part (which can hold a plant or nice grouping of herbs) and can be used to grill veggies and burgers or enjoy a steaming hot pot outdoors. It sells for US$125.
Lunch Pots, tub-like containers that strap together, come with a spork and carry strap, watertight lids and can be slipped into the side of a picnic basket. They're part of Black & Blum's upgraded line, which includes a black-and-red bento box with a small sauce pot and fork that can be clipped on top. All are free of bisphenol A (BPA) and are microwave- and dishwasher-proof.
A luxurious picnic rug like this Missoni throw (above right) will add colour to any outdoor occasion. Available at Lane Crawford.