ISSUE 29  |  Urban Escape

Belgian Basics with a Fairy Tale Twist

July 22, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

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. The Lungo Watering Can, designed by Davy Groseman, takes its shape from old-fashioned coffee pots. Designer Sylvain Willenz conceived the “archetypal bucket–elegant and well proportioned.”  


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 easy to grip.


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

For household basics, peruse our Domestic Science posts. We also have lots more Watering Cans
Over on Remodelista, check out 10 Best Old-World Household Essentials

Originally published on Remodelista June 30, 2014.