ISSUE 26  |  Block Party

Belgian Basics with a Fairy Tale Twist

June 30, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

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From Antwerp design company Xala, Goldilocks-style household essentials: watering cans that are extra large and extra-small, and a bucket that’s just right. They’re made of non-toxic HDPE, high-density polyethylene plastic. True, we generally avoid plastic, but in this context, it’s undeniably practical: lightweight, well detailed, and designed to last, cottage in the woods not required.

Above: Xala specializes in basics for the house and garden that are manufactured in Belgium and the Netherlands. Designer Sylvain Willenz conceived the “archetypal bucket—elegant and well proportioned.” The Lungo Watering Can, designed by Davy Groseman, takes its shape from old-fashioned coffee pots. 

Above: The Lungo Watering Can holds 12 liters and comes in five colors: navy, pale green, pink, yellow, and white. It’s available from Neo-Utility for $35.

Above: The Drop Bucket is available in navy, yellow, pale green, and red, and has contrasting metal handles; $25 each from Neo-Utility.

Above: The Drop Bucket has a 13-liter capacity. A subtle exterior “evaporating bubble” pattern makes it easier to grip.

Above: Sized for small plants, the Bowli Watering Can holds 2.5 liters of water.

For household basics, peruse our Domestic Science posts, including 10 Best Old-World Household Essentials. More Watering Cans? Gardenista has you covered.