Camping gear you never knew you wanted (but seriously do) by Fredericks & Mae

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Fredericks & Mae is the art/design team of Brooklyn-based designers Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen. The two met began their collaboration amongst piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper in 2007 and it’s been going strong ever since. Together they create beautiful, useful, playful objects for the home, garden and sky. I’m a recent convert to their bright and quirky solutions and their ever so cheeky nod to the traditional in the creation of their goodies. They have designed many things I would happily take on a camping trip. It’s about thinking outside the box when putting your camping kit together and remembering that not everything has to be khaki and of dodgy appearance to be useful …

For example, who wouldn’t enjoy sweeping out the tent if you could use one of these gorgeous thread-wrapped horse hair brooms (pictured above)? They’re just the kind of thing you’d buy the glamper who has everything. And these maple and horse hair hoop brushes would do the job just as nicely too don’t you think…?

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My other favourites are these cute windsocks which could come in handy when deciding where to put the campfire, or where to sit once it’s lit so you can avoid most of the smoke!

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And who wouldn’t like a post campfire cocktail game of bocce when the kit is as cute as this:

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Use your imagination a little and bring a dash of colourful cleverness to every little camping moment. Trust me. You’ll enjoy the whole thing even more if you do.

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Inspiration: Home Camping by Paula Sevilla

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The deeper I delve into the world of camping, the more I discover it’s far-reaching influence. Which is especially exciting when it’s in unexpected places! Take this flashlight/lamp by Spanish product designer Paula Sevilla. Her planned collection is inspired by all the bits and pieces campers take with them on their trips. Under her gaze, Sevilla noticed how they have changed over the years to adapt to the environment: lighter, foldable, portable, weather resistant …. creating a whole new family of objects. Her series of pieces under the title Home Camping, seeks to domesticate those objects. It’s like she thinks they’ve been left out in the wild for too long! And looking at this gorgeous pendant lamp, I’d have to agree.

As Sevilla says, “By domesticating an object that was created for outdoor life, its values, materials and even its meaning have changed in order for it to fit in to its new location”.

Camping just gets cooler and cooler.

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Thrifty Thursday: Cocktail Hour with The Mason Shaker by W & P Design

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It’s time to bring cocktail hour to the campsite. And seriously, why the hell not? The days are long and busy and what better way to fill that funny time after lunch and before dinner than with a cheeky cocktail or two? And this Mason Shaker is the perfect piece of cocktail kit. Designed by W&P Design, a Brooklyn-based firm run by two Southern boys who happen to be best friends. Together they create products inspired by their combined love of vintage Americana, southern sensibility and New York industrialism.

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It’s these “sensibilities” which led to the creation of their fabulous Mason Shaker – a product that naturally came about when Josh’s obsession with vintage kitchenware collided with Eric’s “uncanny ability to fashion impromptu drinking tools at a moment’s notice”. Love it! So, as the story goes, “after one too many mint juleps poured from a poorly-modified Mason Jar one summer, the idea for a better (and cooler) cocktail shaker hit us like a double shot of bourbon.”

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And even though it’s Thrifty Thursday, you could quite justifiably convince yourself to stretch to their divine Cocktail Kit, perfect for cocktail hour around the campfire.

cocktailkit_1cocktailkit_2The Cocktail Kit has everything you need for shaking up drinks on-the-go, all packed in it’s own custom W&P Canvas + Leather Mason Bag (in navy or white) to carry it all.  The Kit includes the bag, a Mason Shaker, a Muddler, Jigger, four Linen Cocktail Napkins and four Glass Picardie Tumblers. It’s $279 and you can order it here.

Hey, it’s always cocktail hour somewhere …