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Hot Seat

Notorious artist Damien Hirst takes on the humble deck chair.

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Norimichi Inoguchi


Image – Norimichi Inoguchi

Damien Hirst, the conceptual artist best known for his shark-in-formaldehyde sculpture and diamond-encrusted human skull, has turned to more cheerful work this summer—designing a suite of butterfly-bedecked deck chairs in blue, black, red, orange, yellow and lime green. Diehard Hirst fans may bemoan this somewhat restrained direction, but the bright, sling-style seats tap into the spirit of the season: sizzling burgers, bathing suits and backyard parties that are more king of the grill than Lord of the Flies.

SITTING PRETTY Damien Hirst Deck Chair
$425 / www.artwareeditions.com

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Literally a surf “board,” Malwitz’s Hollow Wood Quad Fish looks as awesome as the waves you’ll shred. $1,250 / www.malwitzsurfboards.com

MORAL GROUND

Already pretty earth-friendly, building sand castles just got greener thanks to this play set made from recycled milk jugs. $20 / www.greentoys.com

PRETTY SOFT

Missoni’s trademark bold patterns, such as the one on this Lola towel, can brighten up any cloudy beach day. $195 / www.missoni.com

RED ALERT

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HOT SHOT

This waterproof, glare-resistant video camera was made for the beach—much like your abs. $150 / www.kodak.com

TWO IF BY SEA

Made from an actual sail and handspliced rope, Seabags’ Large Anchor bag is sturdy enough to keep the heaviest supplies under your arm and out of the sand. $145 / www.seabags.com

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