Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Saloon cars don’t normally set pulses racing, but Jaguar’s new XF Sportbrake is more a sensible sports car than anything else. Low, curvy and powerful, it has the good looks and seductive purr to satisfy your mid-life crisis, with enough practical features to let you justify the purchase. There’s a lot of boot space, but we were rather more taken with the panoramic roof, all-wheel drive handling and the six-cylinder V6 engine that gallops from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds. Available to pre-order at Jaguar, priced £34,910.
McCulloch RM1000 Robotic Lawnmower
Before the BBQ beer sessions can commence, it’s a wise move to bring some lawn and order back to your garden. For a Ground-Force-meets-Robot-Wars approach to cutting grass, try McCulloch’s automatic mower out for size. The mechanical goat will chew up anything in its path over a 1,000m² area, leaving behind a party-ready patch. Available at Greenfingers, priced £899.99.
Gazelle Ultimate T9 HMB
In summer, most commuters smell like a ham that’s been left behind a radiator for 16 years. And while cycling to the office is a solid way to swerve the stench, the early morning workout can quickly soak your shirt through. Let one of Dutch brand Gazelle’s electric offerings take some of the load and get you to the board meeting bone dry. Available at Gazelle, priced £2,699.
Original Xbox Controller
For anyone without hands the size of goalie gloves, the original Xbox controller was a button-masher of beastly proportions. Nevertheless, the re-release of the Nintendo NES clearly has tech fans hankering for more nostalgic gaming gear. And so accessory maker Hyperkin is bringing ‘The Duke’ back in a limited run later this year. Available later this year at Hyperkin, priced tbc.
John Lewis Wicker Rattan Tiki Bar
We have a lot to thank alcohol for: it makes us funnier, smarter, and better dancers. So this summer, give your top-shelf booze a worthy home in this American-style Tiki hut. The perfect party centrepiece, just add ice (and a few YouTube tutorials) for the perfect cocktail. Available at John Lewis, priced £500.
Bape Café Camoulflage Placemat
Realising that even streetwear hypebeasts need a well-set table for Sunday lunch, cult Japanese brand Bape has created a range of plates, mugs, coasters and placemats in its signature camouflage print. If nothing else, they’re perfect for hiding any gravy spillages. Available at Bape, priced £20.
LG G6+ Smartphone
With a name like ‘plus’, its fair to expect a lot of ‘more’ from LG’s updated G6 model. And the South Korean firm’s flagship phone certainly delivers: more storage, more sound, more colourways and tonnes more features like wireless charging and ‘face print’ technology, which allows users to unlock the phone simply by looking at it. Available from July at LG, priced tbc.
Zaha Hadid Design Princess Leia Coffee Table
Aside from being an intergalactic pin-up, the original hun with buns, Princess Leia, is probably best known for her trademark hairstyle. The Star Wars character played by the late Carrie Fisher has now been immortalised by this shiny black glass and carbon fibre coffee table, created by Zaha Hadid Design for pop culture collectable company Leblon Delienne. Available at Leblon Delienne, priced £18,300.