Iconic Finnish brand Marimekko is launching mini-shops within Crate and Barrel’s across the country in order to highlight their home category of products. I had the chance yesterday to visit the new shop on Boylston Street in Boston and meet with several lovely reps from Marimekko, one more passionate about their brand than the next. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the colorful and graphic Marimekko prints which have been influencing design since 1951. There are, of course, many imitators, but once you’re familiar with the real thing, it’s easy to spot the knock-offs. While these graphics are not in my usual wheel-house of design style, I do love the bright and fun quality that would enliven any space, particularly on a cold or dreary New England day (much as it is today!)
I was told that the toss pillows are among their best sellers at the moment. Such a great way to add a little Marimekko style easily and afforably!
“Surrur” is a new book filled with projects that can be made with Marimekko fabrics. The word “Surrur” has no translation, it’s in fact the sound the brain or a sewing machine makes when hard at work. Cute, no? And really, quite true. I love how they really promote the “DIY” side of things. Their fabrics are sold by the yard here and come in cotton, coated cotton (great for outdoor tablecloths, placemats or bibs) and upholstery weight.
I would like to give away this cute cotton tote bag to someone who would really appreciate and use it. It’s approximately 17″x18″. Just leave a comment and tell me which of Marimekko’s fabrics you love the most and I’ll draw a name at random. Just make sure to include your email, or link to your site with an email, so I can let you know if you’re the winner! Some people have let me know that they have trouble commenting on Disqus, if so, then just email me and I’ll include you in the drawing!
My favorites are:
Have a great weekend!