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Artek 1930s-designed garden furniture by Alvar Aalto

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Ok, the sun is out, so our thoughts turn to garden furniture, which doesn't get any classier than this Artek garden furniture by Alvar Aalto.

Designed by Aalto around 1938-39 for Villa Mairea (the house he designed for friends Harry and Maire Gullichsen), it has the designer's distinctive modernist spin across the range. A range that includes a garden chair, a lounger and two types of table.

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The materials are certainly above what you would expect too, a mix of lacquered birch plywood, laminate and brass. Although that does bring its own problems – the entire range isn't keen on rain and humidity.

But when the sun is shining, there's nothing finer. Prices vary depending on your choice of item, but as a guide, the 330 and 332 tables sell for 695 and 960 Euros respectively, the 321 lounger is yours for 845 Euros and the 310 chair is 550 Euros.

Find out more at the Finnish Design Shop website