5/11/2009

Design profile: Marimekko


One of the best ways to make a statement in your space is through the use of textiles. I’m a big fan of different textures, graphic prints and even solid colors. But if I had my way, I’d deck out our entire place (or a good portion of it) with Marimekko fabrics.

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company that is known for its modern, colorful graphic prints. Various designers create the patterns, which can be bright and bold or relatively simple and subdued. The patterns are used for its line of fabrics, clothing and interior accessories. (I’d love a set of Marimekko plates! Can you imagine?)



If you’re good with a sewing machine, you could create your customized look with Marimekko textiles, which I've spotted for sale on specialty websites, at the NYC Marimekko Concept Store, and even on eBay. However, it doesn’t come cheap.


Believe it or not, you can bring a little ready-made Marimekko goodness into your home for relatively little money. I am the lucky owner of a Marimekko-print shower curtain (shown here), which I scored at C&B on clearance last year for just $22. I'm also coveting all of the following inexpensive items:

Magnets - $6, Etsy


Pillow cover - $16.95, Etsy


Shower curtain - $34.95, Crate & Barrel


60" square tablecloth - $19.95, Crate & Barrel

(Note: the neutral-colored items always seem to be a little cheaper, so be prepared to spend extra for a pop of color!)

2 comments:

Courtney Rae said...

I really like the neutral base peices (table-cloth, drapes) I guess I like subdued colors and like to pick a few exciting items to make the room pop with contrast. Thanks for sharing!

Tara said...

You can make the magnets by using the larger glass "beads" and patterned paper (or photos!). Just cover the back of the bead in mod podge and stick the paper on...after it dries, attach a magnet.