Let’s face it. We love the great outdoors best when it has been tamed a bit. That’s where designers come in: they create the objects and environments that make outdoor living just comfortable enough. For example, Danny Venlet brings bathing out of the bathroom with a shower that hooks up to a garden hose. Part of an outdoor collection inspired by screws, the shower twists easily into the ground wherever you want to use it. Canadian architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe developed a contemporary furniture line based on a custom chair they had designed for a client’s cottage, so you can lounge in rustic comfort. Clear Blue Hawaii’s see-through kayak lets you look at the aquatic life underwater while you stay high and dry. Whether it’s Birkenstock’s new waterproof clogs or Fiskars’s award-winning ergonomic tools, the products shown here make getting back to nature an easier trip.