Design: Summerhouse Essentials

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Summertime calls for alfresco dining, garden parties and lazy days by the pool. Fix up your summerhouse garden with these must-haves.

Cyclone lounger

The Cyclone rollercoaster is one of Coney Island’s oldest functioning rides, and the New York icon is the inspiration (and material) for Uhuru’s Cyclone lounger. It’s crafted from reclaimed wood from the demolished boardwalk—the weathered ipe wood was first installed in the 1940s. The lounger was added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012.

Hand-built to order from

Toluca Fire Table

Perfect for staying warm on chilly evenings as the sun sets, these sculptural fire tables are crafted from hand-packed concrete and make an architectural statement. Part of RH Outdoor’s latest collection, the fire tables are heat resistant to the touch and the multi-step hand-finishing process captures the texture and color of natural travertine limestone, meaning no two tables are alike.

Available in linear (pictured) or cube. $7,795, available from

Gaucho Wood-Fired Grill

Inspired by traditional Argentinian wood-fired grilling and paired with modern conveniences, the Gaucho is as technically sound as it is stylish. The 30in wheel smoothly raises and lowers the grill grates and rotisserie, allowing you to control heat by adjusting the proximity of food to the flame. Customize your grill by including your initials or family name.

From $26,814, hand-built to order from