Portable Summer

With gigacapacity USB drives, Excel-enabled smartphones, and pocket-size microprojectors, designers have made it woefully easy for us to take our work where we go. Now they're reinventing the way we play, too. Ditch the shiny PDA for these stylish handhelds.

With gigacapacity USB drives, Excel-enabled smartphones, and pocket-size microprojectors, designers have made it woefully easy for us to take our work where we go. Now they're reinventing the way we play, too. Ditch the shiny PDA for these stylish handhelds. Monica Khemsurov

Notebook Portable Grill (pictured above) by Direct Designs ($48), aplusrstore.com

The stainless-steel Notebook Portable Grill—the Macbook Air of barbecues—collapses to one inch thick. Yet the cooking surface is large enough to make food for six.

Foam Radio by Elize Berthier for Lexon ($48), lexonusa.com

You can use your iPod by the barbecue pit, but there's something gratifying about playing a real radio while grilling. The Foam has a tactile quality that's especially suited to backyard festivities.

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Isis Chair by Jake Phipps for Gebr252;der Thonet Vienna ($540), thonet-vienna.com

The angular Isis might seem like a departure for Thoney, maker of iconically curvy furniture. But the folding mechanism evokes the poetry of the company's classics.

Ceramic Bowls by Vincent Van Duysen for When Objects Work, $216-$279, roseandradish.com

These hand-cast ceramic bowls are great stacking and storage, but they're also eminently portable. The oak lids keep food bug-free and double as trivets.

Handpresso Wild Espresso Maker ($130), handpresso.com

If Chuck Bass did Outward Bound, he'd bring the Handpresso Wild, which forces boiling water through a single-shot espresso pod using a powerful hand pump.

Travelmate Fireplace by Studio Vertijet for Conmoto ($3,300), unicahome.com

The flueless Travelmate fireplace burns a smoke-free fuel that poses no more risk than a candle, so it can be toted anywhere you can slip it past security.

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