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Alvar Aalto 75th Anniversary Artek 60 Stools in Bauhaus colours


By Bauhaus, we mean the German design house, not the vintage goth band. Otherwise these Alvar Aalto 75th Anniversary Artek 60 Stools would all be black.

But no, they're in a red, yellow and blue lacquer to celebrate 75 years since Aalto created this modernist classic. Indeed, it's a design that's still popular and influential today and no doubt will be even more popular with a splash of bold colour.

As you would expect, the stools are still made of birch and are priced a little more than the plain version, £165 each.

Find out more at the Lollipop Shoppe website

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Skandium sale shop

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Skandium crops up quite frequently on these pages as a seller of classic Scandinavian design. Well, as you know, that classic design usually comes with a significant price tag so bargain hunters should make sure they get down to the Skadium sale shop which started on Saturday and runs until 20 February.  

The idea of the shop apparently sprang from when the owners of the store were offered Hans J Wegner furniture by Carl Hansen at reduced price. They've promised 50% to 80% off all stock which includes other Retro To Go favourites like Marimekko. Artek, Fritz Hansen and iittala. 

The shop is based at 235 Brompton Road, London, just down the road from its South Kensington store. The building is a grade II listed Victorian former jewellers shop, so offers an unusual contrast to Skandium's usual aesthetic. 

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1930s Artek 88 nesting tables by Alvar Aalto


Looking for a timeless classic for your living room? You can't go far wrong with the Artek 88 nesting tables by Alvar Aalto.

A practical classic, designed by Aalto back in 1935, the tables come in a set of three, made of birch with a birch veneer or white laminate top and with those curved wooden legs, so distinctive of Aalto's designs.

A set will set you back £975.

Find out more at the Nest website

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Artek DIY Sedia 1 chair by Enzo Mari


How does the idea of building your own design classic grab you? If it does, let us introduce you to the Artek DIY Sedia 1 chair by Enzo Mari.

Dating back to 1974, the Sedia 1 is a self-assembly is self-assembly with a high-end twist. The idea was to design furniture with simple materials, in this case pine, so you get the pieces, the instructions and the nails. Follow those and you have your own Mari classic with your own twist added.

If your other half (or you yourself) fancy the idea of some DIY this bank holiday, 219 Euros secures you the kit.

Find out more at the Finnish Design Shop website

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Artek 400 Tank Chair by Alvar Aalto gets Missoni makeover


A modernist classic of the 1930s is given a slightly more modern twist with the Artek 400 Tank Chair covered in a Missoni fabric.

The 400 (or Tank) chair was designed by Alvar Aalto back in 1936 for the Milan Triennale, those curves still eye-catching and distinctive in the modern era. But this version is even more prominment, covered in the Missoni Kew fabric as part of Artek's Dress The Chair campaign, where famous fabric houses are invited to give classic furnishings a new twist.

The chair itself is made of birch, with the seating using No-Sag springs, PU-foam and Dacron. it sells for 4,875 Euros.

Find out more at the Finnish Design Shop website

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Artek 1930s-designed garden furniture by Alvar Aalto


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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