"We are living in a golden age of pool floats," said Lane Florsheim at The Wall Street Journal, and the "luxurious, durable, and furniture-like" Pigro Felice Modul'Air Armchair & Lounger ($449) is all the evidence you should need. Its modular pieces can be used to build a large floating platform, and they're sturdy enough to furnish a tiny outdoor living room. On the water, each cushion is so buoyant you won’t even get wet, and so stable that "you could play a tense round of Jenga on it." Magnets hidden in the float can hold an optional $18 silicon cup — "to ensure your frosé doesn't go for a swim."
It looks like a humble paper airplane, and doesn't cost much more, but the Soarigami Armrest Divider ($25) might finally be the device that ends all wars for the airplane armrest. Made of a sheet of light foldable plastic, it clamps to the armrest when you tighten its screws, creating two armrests from one. Finally on sale more than two years after the concept was unveiled, Soarigami "eliminates the whole ‘Stop touching me' argument" that kids are prone to. For any traveler "repulsed by human contact," it's a godsend.
Put away your old magazines and make room for the world's ultimate coffee table book. La Cappella Sistina ($13,800) is the product of five years' work during which the Italian art publisher Scripta Maneant partnered with the Vatican Museums to digitize every inch of the Sistine Chapel — from Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes to the mosaic floor. The three-volume set weighs about 60 pounds and contains 270,000 photos that reproduce the chapel's artwork on a 1:1 scale. Though the collection was created mostly for art historians and restorers, 1,999 copies will be sold to individual buyers, each of whom will be granted a private tour of the chapel.
Rompers for men are "nowhere near new," but they may never have a moment like they did earlier this year. Decades after James Bond rocked a similar one-piece on screen, a garment called the RompHim divided the nation when it made its first social-media appearance in May, and by the time its creators started shipping to customers, "a slew" of knockoffs were trawling for startup funding on Kickstarter, most of them failing to repeat the RompHim's success. But one company, Getonfleek, went wild with the concept, churning out scores of outré variations. The top seller? This tribute to Kim Jong Un ($100).
Now you won't need that submarine. The Self-Propelled Aquanaut Suit ($825,000), created by a Canadian marine technology firm and sold by Hammacher Schlemmer, allows intrepid divers to venture to depths of 1,000 feet as they explore shipwrecks and other wonders of the ocean floor. Rotary joints allow for some mobility in the arms and legs, while four thrusters control vertical and rotational movement. A shoulder-mounted HD video camera records your surroundings, and the metal claws enable closer looks at interesting specimens. For safety, there's a 50-hour life support system and an intercom for communicating with a support crew.
All loafers are easy to slip on, but the Loewe Slip-On Loafer ($690) tears down the shoe's last wall of resistance. Under new creative director Jonathan Anderson, the Madrid-based fashion house has devised a crushable back so the wearer doesn't have to bother slipping a heel in when a full-dressed look isn't required. The front of the men's version is made of calfskin or crocodile, and the rear of soft deerskin that can be stepped on over and over — "perfect for the quick-change act you have to pull off as you pass through airport security," according to The New York Times.
After a day at the beach, nobody wants to climb into a car with feet and toes coated in sand. Enter the WORX Hydroshot ($120). Sure, the first truly portable pressure washer was built to tackle bigger jobs, but "for sun-worshipping neat freaks, this rechargeable power cleaner is a game changer," says The Wall Street Journal. Pull the trigger and it unleashes a spray up to five times more powerful than a garden hose's, enough to "blast every last grain of sand off your feet, beach gear, and delighted offspring." You can add a bottle attachment or just use a hose drawing water from a bucket.
Terra ($393) is an armchair that takes the phrase "lawn furniture" literally. Designed by an Italian art collective, the lounger promises hours of grassy comfort if a buyer is willing to work for it. The creators sell only the chair's hidden cardboard substructure or, for those seeking a cheaper option, the plans for making it. The buyer must assemble the frame, fill it with dirt, add grass seed, and keep it watered for 10 days. About two months later, it'll be a lush emerald throne that requires only occasional trimming. Plans for a sofa and children's chairs are also available.