We might live in the digital age, but there is still nothing better than a good old-fashioned letter, even if they are few and far between. Here's a roundup of 10 design-worthy mailboxes, a small detail on the decor front, but one that should not to be overlooked.
Above: The Finnish USPS Grey/Stainless Bobi Mailbox is made of thick durable stainless with a slot wide enough to accommodate large envelopes and magazines. Measuring 19.7 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide, it is also available in black, white, stainless finishes); $253.99 at More Mailboxes.
Above: The Priority Mailbox in red powder coated metal measures 17.5 inches tall by 12 inches wide. Originally $78, currently on sale for $38 at Chiasso.
Above: The Large Premium Steel Rural Mailbox by Solar Group features a rust-resistant smooth galvanized finish and is a great buy at $24.97 (through Amazon). It's available in white, gray, and black and measures 20.2 inches long, 10.87 inches tall, and 8.5 inches wide.
Above: The Soho Mailbox is made of durable powder-coated stainless steel and features a lock; it's available in five colors (shown in white) and measures 15.5 inches tall by12 inches wide; $62.25 from Amazon.
Above: The sleek and simple stainless steel Vertical Mailbox is available in six finishes (shown in satin nickel) and measures 14½ inches by 10½ inches wide; $62.50 to $89, depending on finish at Restoration Hardware.
Above: The classic heavy-duty GDM Newport Mailbox measures 10.5 inches tall, 8.25 inches wide, and 21.5 inches long and is available in seven finishes, including black; $87.99 at More Mailboxes.
Above: The Ecco Wall Mailbox is available in brushed or polished stainless steel; $98.99 at More Mailboxes.
Above: The classic powder-coated-steel Swedish Mailbox comes in white, red, black, or bronze with the traditional European Postal Horn decal on the front. It measures 14 inches tall and 9 inches wide; $88.99 (inclusive of shipping) at the Mailbox Shoppe. (The box is also available without the decal.)
Above: The Danish Steel-Plate Mailbox is made of weather-resistant galvanized steel plate and features rubber seals to keep moisture out; €395 at Manufactum.
Above: The cheery and utilitarian cylindrical Cadrona Mailbox is made in New Zealand from powder-coated zincalume and marine-grade plywood. It's divided into two compartments—the top half provides easy access for newspapers, while the lower half keeps mail and small parcels hidden and protected; NZD $1174.95 from Mailboxes in New Zealand. The Cadrona Mailbox Stand is available for $75. The company ships worldwide (prices are listed in six currencies).
Above: The heavy-duty Stainless Steel Letterbox with a heavy lid and a lock is generously sized at 14.2 inches tall by 15.7 inches wide; €228 at Manufactum.
For more, check out our Rural Mailbox Roundup.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 25, 2011.