Gloster's Vista Collection.
The Cloud fire element from Brown Jordan and EcoSmart Fires.
A retro-chic umbrella from Santa Barbara Umbrella.
Link Outdoor's 2014 Fabric Collection.
The Laguna High Enclosure pool dome.
LawnBott from Kyodo America.
The iGrill2.
Phifer's Quik Shade Screen.
Ambiance, an aquaponic fountain from the AquaDesign Living Fountain Series.
Techo-Bloc's Borealis tile.

The Great Outdoors

Fresh new products give summer its sizzle

An airy silhouette characterizes Gloster’s Vista Collection of coated aluminum seating, created out of curved horizontal bands that let in the light. Available in two finishes, the collection is paired with water-resistant base cushions covered in a range of durable Italian polypropylene fabrics.

Outdoor furniture company Brown Jordan has teamed with EcoSmart Fires to produce a line of stylish outdoor fire elements that are fueled by clean-burning e-NRG bioethanol and therefore produce no soot, ashes or smoke. Pictured here, the Cloud fire element boasts a design that is rounded and simple, yet elegant. Users can regulate the height of the flame that each fireplace emits.

Santa Barbara Umbrella is introducing a new line of retro-chic umbrellas that evokes an earlier era. Each umbrella is custom-crafted and two-tiered with fringe-lined, scalloped edges. Available in playful orange, yellow and turquoise hues that will enliven any backyard.

Link Outdoor’s 2014 Fabric Collection offers wide appeal with 12 new designs that run the gamut from muted patterns and neutral colors to graphic shapes in eye-catching hues. All of the fabrics are made of solution-dyed acrylic, which is durable and ideal for outdoor use.

Extend your swimming season with the Inter Pool Cover Team’s Laguna High Enclosure pool dome, which captures heat and warms the water in an environmentally friendly way. Available in a range of colors and polycarbonate fillings, the dome also screens harmful UV radiation and reduces the rate of pool water evaporation.

Had enough of mowing the lawn in sweltering summer heat? Try LawnBott, a robotic lawnmower from Kyodo America that runs on electricity, producing zero emissions as it mows quickly and quietly, avoiding objects in its path. Once finished—or sensing rain—it returns to its docking station for recharging. Programmable via smartphone, LawnBott is available in red or green and comes in five different models.

Monitor the temperature of your food from 150 feet away with the iGrill2, a thermometer that works via a phone application, available with the purchase of the device. The iGrill has an LED display, magnetic mounting, two heavy-duty probes, four probe ports and a 150-hour battery life.

Block up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and glare with Phifer’s new Quik Shade Screen. Ideal for porches, balconies, RV awnings and playground equipment, the screen fits easily into framed openings— no screws or drilling required.

Making use of aquaponics—in which plants are cultivated in water—the AquaDesign Living Fountain Series from Aquaponic Source is both a water feature and a sustainable garden. The new series features two lines: Ambiance and Tranquility. Shown here, Ambiance is the largest of the fountains. It’s made of wicker and is sold in silver and chocolate hues. Tranquility is smaller and comes in chocolate, charcoal and terracotta.

Techo-Bloc’s Borealis carries the look of wood with a new outdoor surface that has the appearance of wood planks but is actually made of modular, five-inch-wide concrete slabs. The collection is available in light-hued Sauvignon Oak and Hazelnut Brandy and in dark Smoked Pine; colors can be mixed for interest.