Imagine a summer afternoon: icy lemonade, a good book, no Blackberry. All you need is a good hammock. Several contemporary riffs on the classic summer swing have landed on the market, ready to put you in an easy-breezy state of mind.
Here's a quick look at some of the most interesting designs I've seen, starting with the Sling ($744), above, by the design studio Ting and sold through Branch Home. It's handmade from reclaimed nylon seat belt webbing otherwise destined for a landfill. The manufacturer touts the design’s durability and weather resistance, and it's also available in orange, camel, pink and light blue.
The Green Vineyard hammock above is handmade by Maya artists of the Yucatán peninsula. They say a hammock mimics the loving embrace of a mother. Price: $55.99 through Novica.