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Designer Spotlight: Marimekko’s Mika Piirainen

On Friday I walked over to the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street to meet Finnish designer Mika Piirainen, who was in town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marimekko’s iconic “Unikko” print. You know, the oversize mod floral that immediately springs to mind when someone utters Marimekko.

Mika Piirainen, who graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts in Finland, is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company. He snagged a position with Marimekko back in 1994, after the head of women’s fashion for the brand saw his final student presentation at Ravensbourne College in London.

He says, “The Marimekko people came to critique the show, and afterwards, they told me to call them. I had an interview within a few days, and got hired as a design assistant in the middle of the first meeting.” Then he adds, “I was lucky.”

That fateful collection was inspired by milkmaids in the Finnish countryside, and he reprised it just three months after starting at the firm. He says, “I redid the milkmaid collection in black, navy, and white, using the same shapes and materials. They sold quite well.”

Piirainen worked on staff at Marimekko for several years, and then transitioned into a freelance role, which has been good for both him and the company, which has almost 20 freelance designers on tap.

He says, “At this point I’ve done everything—women, men, kids, umbrellas, towels.  I used to do lots of kids, but I’m done with that. Now I concentrate on women’s clothing and bags. “As for how many pieces he puts out, he recalls, “One year I made 140 pieces, now it’s more like 20 to 30.”

He favors simple silhouettes that let the textile designs speak for themselves. And although he sometimes designs his own prints, he also likes to use those created by young designers. He’s also been using lots of archival prints for new pieces he designs. After all, Marimekko has about 3,000 prints in its archives.

Piirainen explains, we have to check in with copyrights, talk to them about scale and color. Some like to have input, others say we can do whatever we want.”

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Mika Piirainen and I chatted on the lower level of the Marimekko store.

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Then we went upstairs so he could show me some of his designs. Piirainen designed this Silvi dress, as well as the actual textile pattern, named “Sato.”

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Piirainen prefers a neutral palette. With “Sato” he used black & white, playing with the positive and the negative. He hand draws his textile designs, rather than designing them on a computer. He makes big swishing motions with his arm to describe the movements he used in the studio while putting these freeform lines to paper.

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Marimekko celebrates the 50th anniversary of its “Unikko” floral this year. Love the Unikko bean bags.

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Gift Guide: Marimekko Stocking Stuffers

Don’t wait until the last minute and stuff junk into the stocking. Take some time to find a few treasures. Marimekko has lot of colorful stocking stuffers, including iPhone cases, pouches, potholders, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, mugs, and more.

Marimekko Holiday Stocking Stuffers For Everyone

S H O P P I N G

1 Siirtolapuutarha iPhone Case

2 Kuusikossa Oven Mitt

3 Inari Make-up Bag

4 Olja Socks

5 Ujo Slippers

6 Matkoilla Notepad

7 Hauki Mug

8 Piccolo Coin Purse

9 Pikkupoika Dopp Kit

10  Viiru Gloves

11 Lumimarja Umbrella

12 Mini-Unikko Scarf

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Shopping Trip: Marimekko

I stopped by the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street the other night. They were serving hot cocoa and cookies, and whipping up custom made tablecloths. (There’s a glassed in sewing booth downstairs where the magic happens.) Of course, with all the great color and pattern, and fab gift wall in the entry, I couldn’t resist taking a million photos. Tour the Marimekko store with me;  you’ll spot lots of holiday gift inspiration.

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Gift Guide: Marimekko Fashions for Women, Men, & Kids

As I mentioned last Monday, StyleCarrot has partnered with Finnish design house Marimekko  with a series of holiday gift guides, among other projects. (Tomorrow evening I’ll be live blogging from the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street in Boston—please stop by if you’re around.)

Las Monday’s gift guide, Marimekko for the Host, focused on tabletop and kitchen items. For our second installment, we bring you Marimekko fashions for your best friend, cousins, etc.— Marimekko clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids.

Marimekko Clothing Jewelry Accessories Presents

S H O P P I N G  for H E R

1 Lumimarja Scarf

2 Purkkis Necklace

3 Keinu Bangle 

4 Soiree Keilat Clutch

Räsymatto iPhone Case

6 Soma Dress

7 Ihvi Dress

8 Mini-Unikko Kinto Make-up Bag 

9 Paakkelsi Tote

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Marimekko Clothing & Accessories For Men
S H O P P I N G  for H I M

1 Kolja Socks

2 Kieppi Scarf

3 Erkki Silk Pocket Square

4 Reipas Scarf

5 Rainer Tie 

6 Tensori Sweater

7 Aikapoika Weekender

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S H O P P I N G  for K I D S 

Marimekko Clothing For Girls Boys Baby

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Uniasu Pyjamas

3 Nakke Coverall

Rakki 2 Shirt

Maalari Shirt

6 Pohjantähti 1 Tunic

 

 

 

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Gift Guide: Marimekko for the Host

I am excited that StyleCarrot has partnered with Marimekko again this holiday season for a series of holiday gift guides. Today’s gift guide—Marimekko presents for a host or entertainer—is the first. Pretty much anything from Marimekko is a delight. The modernist tableware silhouettes, even in plain white, hold timeless appeal, and the bold patterns effortlessly enliven a tabletop scheme.

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S H O P P I N G 

1 Unikko Tea Towel Set, $36 and Kuusikossa Tea Towel, $18

2 Black Oiva Square Small Plate, $17

3 Clear Socks Rolled Down Stemware, $45 and Dessert Bowl, $49

4 Räsymatto Bowl, $29.50

5 Kompotti Rectangular Plate, $24

6 White Oiva Dinner Plate, $32

7 Lavender Socks Rolled Down Tumblers, $39/pair

8 Unikko Plywood Tray, $62

9 Puketti and Fokus Pot Holders, $14 each

10 Socks Rolled Down Pitcher, $89


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Get the Look: 27 Black Home Furnishings

Since black is *the* color for decor, and I’ve done plenty of posts focusing on black decor, including black kitchen pendant lights and rooms with black walls for LampsPlus and black bedrooms for the Matouk Bedding blog, I thought it was time to do a roundup of black home furnishings and accessories. From black flatware to black seating, there are 27 choices, all with distinctive details or in interesting silhouettes. (Come to think of it, though, I may never have done a roundup of rooms with black walls here. . .  perhaps I owe you one!)

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Black Home Furnishings Decor Accessories

 

S H O P P I N G

1 Kelly Wearstler Tracery Mug, $49

2 Verner Panton Pantop Pendant, $350

3 Artek Baby Rocket Stool, $300

4 Geometric Wall Decal, $59

5 Mesh Bowl, $38

6 Black+Blum Loop Hall Wardrobe Stand, $495

7 Hand Jewelry Stand, $15

8 Jonathan Adler Menagerie Camel, $98

9 Rio Desk Lamp, $32

10 French Bulldog Figurine, $34

11 Mid-Century Desk, $599

12  One45 Wall Clock, $139

13 Animal Shot Glasses, $28

14 Ensign Woven Stacking Chair, $610

15 Kubus Candle Holder, $165

16 Sääpäiväkirja Mug, $20

17 Faceted Vase, $15

18 Cutlery Set, $100

19 Tucker Chair, $158

20 Petersen Leather Sofa, $2,499

21 Loop Candle Holder, $38

22 Pizza Peel, $34.95

23 Noir Ferret Hand-Rubbed Bed, $2,304

24 Revolver Acrylic Side Table, $6,900

25 Piper Brass & Wood Box, $180

26 Faux Sheepskin Rug, $114-$199

27 Diva Watering Can, $50

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Get the Look: 30 Modern Candlesticks

I don’t actually light candles all that often (though my boys think it’s fun to have a fancy dinner with candlelight at home), but I seem to always be admiring candlesticks. I should at least make more effort to light candles on Shabbat! No reason (I don’t think) that I couldn’t use some fun, modern candlesticks instead of the traditional silver ones. Here are 30 candlesticks that will inspire me (and you) to add ambience into winter evenings.

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S H O P P I N G

1 Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Wood-Trim Candle Holder 

2 Design by Conran Candlestick Holder

3 Pleated Candleholder

4 Totem Votive Set

5 Michael Graves Design Footed Candleholder

6 Valkand Candlestick

7 Areaware Reality by Harry Allen Candle Holder

8 Ladies & Gentlemen Homestead Candlesticks 

9 Jack Candleholder

10 Nappula Candlestick

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12 Lightbulb Candleholder

13 Blomus Brushed Stainless Steel Candlestick 

14 Jonathan Adler Candle Holder, Squirrel Candlestick

15 Arteriors Home Ainsworth Candle Holder

16 Orrefors Totem Balance Candlestick

17 Kate Spade New York Jules Point Candlestick

18 Orrefors Aviang Oval Candlestick

19 Ilse Crawford Ilse Candleholder, $140 at The Future Perfect. 

20 Georg Jensen Koppel Candlesticks

21 Iittala Alla Candle Holder

22 Nate Berkus Industrial Inspired Metal Candle Holder 

23 RabLabs Agate Candle Holders

24 Gideon Dagan Adam + Eve Candle Holders

25 Marimekko Loistava Candleholder 

26 Y’A Pas Le Feu Au Lac Les Perles Candleholder

27 Areaware Distorition Candlestick by Paul Loebach

28 Skagerak Dania Candlestick

29 Menu Weight Here Candleholder

30 Ferm Living Wine Bottle Candleholder


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Style Right Now: Marimekko Prints on the Street

Marimekko prints are bold and daring. I love them on my sofa, and in my kitchen cabinets, but when it comes to dressing, I have to admit, I’m more of a dress in all black type. I really admire those who can pull off pattern. Especially the Marimekko way. Here are five street style portraits of ladies sporting Marimekko prints.

Jana, 42, Marfa, TX

Lena, 25, Amherst, MA

Jennie, 28, San Francisco, CA

Kesha, 31, Stamford, CA

Lillian, 37, Washington, D.C.

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Get the Look: Cherry Blossom Accessories

 

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S H O P P I N

1 InkDish Cherry Ink Side Plate, $56/set of 4 at Wayfair.

2 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Phone Case, $50 at SemiSweetStudios on Etsy.

3 Lumimarja Cotton Fabric, $53/yard at Marimekko.

4 Cherry Blossom Market Tote by Modern Newst, $18 at SupermarketHQ.

5 Letterpress Cherry Blossom Folded Note, $18/ten at Crane.

 

 

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Montage: 20 Rooms with Cherry Blossom Branches

It’s cherry blossom time. I know this not from seeing cherry blossoms outside my window (unfortunately), but from seeing so many on Pinterest. I don’t think Boston is big in cherry blossoms. In my neighborhood it’s magnolia trees that bloom like crazy, though not quite yet. If you’re wild about cherry blossoms, when you’re done scrolling through these, click over to my “Cherry Blossoms in the Home” post on Wayfair’s blog today too.

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Laura Green, L. Green Studios
Atlanta Home & Lifestyles Inspiration House 2011
(walls are hand-stenciled)

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Photographer Carolyn Barber  –  House to Home

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Home & studio of photographer Manolo Yllera
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Palmerston Design Consultants

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A Beach Cottage

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Dreamy Whites

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Lilla Blanca

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Canadian House & Home 
(Clarence House “Flowering Quince” wallpaper)

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Supon Phornirunlit, Naked Decor
Photographer Larry Olson

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Frank Babb Randolph  – Photographer Max Kim-Bee

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Photographer Maria Isabel Hansson for Hus & Hem 
(Marimekko “Lumimarja” wallpaper)

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Photographer Jessica Pages  –  Design Sponge

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Photographer Russ Mezikofsky for Boston Globe Magazine 

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Christian Oth Photography Studio

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Photographer Michael J. Lee

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Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo
Bringing Nature Home (Rizzoli, 2012)

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