The Gazebo Gets a 21st Century Update

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Summers appears to have landed in Blighty and, for a lot of us, that means BBQ and outdoor eating. But, rather than get one of those schlocky extendable awnings they sell on late-night TV, shelter your guests in a stylish sphere.

What's a G-Pod? This is a G-Pod. Sure it looks like something 007 escape from Dr. No in but it's really a prefabricated sphere constructed of laminated pine and curved, UV-tinted polycarbonate. Built by Farmers Cottage Lamps of Birmingham. It's available in four sizes starting between £7,000 and £17,000 . For £7k, you'll get a 7.5-foot diameter model (seats six) with a rotation base that allows the entrance to turn away from the wind or sun and fold-flat furniture that converts into a bed. Seventeen grand will net you a 10-foot diameter model that's more of an in-law unit than an entertainment space. It can be wired into the home's electricity and host up to 14 people. [LA Times via Apartment Therapy]