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Ideal is a carefully curated shop composed of unique, design-conscious gifts and accessories. The objects we choose are creative, authentic, and refined. They are inspired by the vision of talented artists and designers from around the world.

Our store was formed with our own ideal in mind: that shopping should always be a personal and thoughtful experience.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Marimekko - Finland

We've just received our first spring shipment from Marimekko and the beautiful colors are helping us get through these last few weeks of Northwest winter.

Founded in 1951 by visionary textile designer Armi Raitia and her husb
and, Viljo, Marimekko grew from a small textile-printing firm into an international phenomenon. From its beginnings as a textile design company, Marimekko branched out into everything from toys to dinnerware to architecture, becoming something a lifestyle brand in the 1960s and 70s. The company’s outstanding designers revolutionized modern printed fabrics and fashion.

Marimekko was made famous in the United States when Jacqueline Kennedy bought eight cotton dresses which she wore throughout the 1960 US Presidential campaign. Today the company continues to collaborate with young artists, encouraging experimentation. The result is spirited, non-traditional patterns and vivid colors.

Featured Objects:

Kippis Tray

Designer: Maija Louekari
Materials: Fabric/plywood
Dimensions:43 x 33 cm.
Price: $55.00

Unikko Apron for Adults

Designer: Maija Isola
Materials:100% cotton
Price: $42.00

Available in red or blue. We also have the red style in kid-size, $20.00

Metsanvaki tray

Designer: Kristina Isola
Materials: Plywood
Dimensions: 27 x 20
Price: $28.00

Kauris Bag

Pattern Design: Sanna Annukka
Materials: 100% lightweight
cotton canvas
Dimensions: 35 x 30 x 11 cm.
Price: $75.00

Iltapaiva Umbrella

Pattern Design: Erja Hirvi
Materials: 100% polyester
Dimensions: 56 x 112 cm.
Price: $44.00

Purnukka Apron (garcon style)

Designer: Erja Hirvi
Materials: 100% cotton
Dimensions:118 x 95 cm.
Price: $60.00

Kanteleen Kutsu Tea Towels (set of two)

Designer: Sanna Annukka

Materials: Linen/Cotton
Dimensions: 47 x 70 cm.
Price: $25.00, set of two

Additional Objects from Marimekko

The following are also available in a changing selection of patterns:

  • Handbags
  • Coin purses
  • Plywood/fabric trays
  • Tea towel sets
  • Oven mitts
  • Mugs
  • Bibs
  • Cards
  • Memory games
  • Scarves

Images copyright (c)2009 Marimekko Corporation. All rights reserved.

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