Our Summer Shop is open – step in and get set for the sunny days ahead!

It’s official: the countdown to summer has now begun! At Finnish Design Shop, we’ve continued our seasonal tradition and opened the virtual doors to our Summer Shop. Come in and have a look around!

Vitra Vases Découpage Feuille
To celebrate the opening of our Summer Shop, here's a serving suggestion for your picnic: Vases Découpage by Vitra. Just kidding, of course, but we do think the vase is perfect for the summer home.

WHAT DOES YOUR SUMMER OASIS LOOK LIKE? Is it a classic countryside cottage, a modern island hideaway, or perhaps a small yet leafy balcony? Are you dreaming of traveling or of lazy days spent in the comfort of your own home?

Wherever you’re spending the sunny season ahead, our Summer Shop has everything you may ever need. To help you enter the long-awaited summer in style, we’ve hand-picked a selection of fabulous furniture and handsome homeware for any and every summer occasion. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled: we’ll be adding fresh arrivals to the Summer Shop every week!

Mifuko Kiondo market basket
The warmer weather and sunshine are already getting us into an al fresco state of mind. The basket is by Mifuko, the jar by Alessi and the blanket by Lapuan Kankurit.
HAY Basket yellow
Our Summer Shop is full of inspiration. Make sure to also check out our 'Campaigns' page for offers on patio furniture!
HAY Mousqueton portable lamp
Is it already warm enough for outdoor living where you are based? HAY's Palissade is a patio staple, the Mousqueton lamp a 2023 new arrival.

1. Outdoor oasis

As the sun climbs higher in the sky and the birdies begin their cheerful chirp, we can’t help but think of all the outdoor activities ahead. Here in Finland, spring has technically only sprung – so it’s going to be a while until we can smell freshly-cut grass or barbecue in the air – but very soon we’ll be able to take out our garden furniture from storage.

Our Summer Shop has all you need for building your very own outdoor oasis from patio chairs to parasols and from doormats to daybeds. Did you know that we even offer a selection of outdoor showers?

Patio furniture >
Read also: 6 x dining table and chairs for the summer house >

The Saint Hotel Oia Santorini
One of our dream destinations is The Saint Hotel Oia on Santorini, furnished by our Contract Sales team.
Lapuan Kankurit The Villiyrtit table cloth
The Villiyrtit table cloth, designed by Matti Pikkujämsä for Lapuan Kankurit, also works as a thin blanket in the summer heat or a picnic mat in the park.
Fermob Bistro patio chairs
Fermob’s timeless Bistro collection strives for authenticity – it is based on a design patented in 1889.

2. Travel tips for summer trips

Do you enjoy traveling or trekking during the sunny season? We’ve also gathered some travel essentials like toiletry bags and travel mugs in the Summer Shop. And if you’re more into armchair tourism, there's also a whole lotta reading material from books to magazines.

If travel inspiration is what you seek, why not head on over to the Travel section of Design Stories, where we share our favorite picks from the travel magazine Mondo. So far, we’ve recommended breathtaking cycling routes, new Finnish accommodation options, as well as alternatives for the world's hotspot destinations, to name a few examples. Or perhaps this summer you’ll be heading to a destination with designs supplied by our Contract Sales team – like a sauna restaurant in Ähtäri, Finland, or a luxury hotel on the Greek island of Santorini!

Travel accessories >
Read also: A peek into a luxury hotel by Kapsimalis Architects >

Frama Heavy Towel
What's your favorite outdoor game in the summer? Or do you prefer going for a swim? For the latter, we recommend the Heavy Towel series by Frama.
Serax Fish & Fish bottle, green
The stainless steel lunch box by HAY is a clean, safe and stylish container for carrying lunch and picnic snacks. The tumbler is from Iittala, the fish bottle from Serax.
 HAY Waffle bathrobe, vibrant purple
For a carefree summer mood, go for comfortable clothing – wide pants and a robe are all you need. Skip the shoes, if you dare!

3. At your leisure

Not many of us have the opportunity to vacation all summer, but luckily you can also infuse your everyday with a leisurely feel by updating your home with colorful details and indulging in summer activities. Hang the laundry outside, fill a vase with wildflowers, or have lunch al fresco. When the weekend comes, hop on your bike for an ice cream run or play a round of croquet in the park.

In addition to flowers and plants, you can easily create a summery décor with pops of color and effortlessly beautiful table settings. In our Summer Shop, you’ll also find all you need for an outdoor kitchen and BBQ parties.

Tableware picks >
Read also: Creativity is key in Kirsikka Simberg's summery table settings >

HAY Rey stool, scarlet red
A summer house can be anything from a log cabin to a large villa or a city apartment to a seaside bungalow.
Gestalten Life’s a Beach book
We have also gathered books and magazines to the Summer Shop for your reading pleasure. Life’s a Beach invites you to explore seaside homes around the world.
Magniberg Pure Poplin pillowcase, italian blue
Villa Ekkulla, a 1970s summer home in Southwest Finland, was decorated respecting the unique spirit of the time.

4. Inspiration from the pros

What does a professional’s own summer home look like? In the last years, Design Stories has visited the likes of Muuratsalo Experimental House, which served as the summer residence of Alvar and Elissa Aalto, and the modern leisure home of interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Design Stories' most-read home story in 2022 was also about a summer home: it covered the makeover of Villa Ekkulla, a 1970s villa updated by interior architect Maija Rasila.

Did you know that we also have Shop the look’ page full of inspiration curated by the Finnish Design Shop team? There, you can browse summery home decor photos and add the items you love to your shopping basket lickety-split with clickety-click.

Summer home textiles >
Read also: Villa Ekkulla combines the best aspects of 70s interior design >

Get inspired

Bath towel
Flamtastique XS oil lamp
Petite Friture
Fromme chair
Colour Crate
Wire Chair DKR
Heavy Towel
Mousqueton table lamp
Fish & Fish bottle
Waffle bathrobe
Kastehelmi tumbler
Rey stool
Pure Poplin pillowcase

More inspiration:

Our ‘Shop the look’ page >
The Summer Shop at Finnish Design Shop >

Text: Emmi Ratilainen Images: Juho Huttunen, Suvi Kesäläinen, manufacturers

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