FALL 2016 | FIKA
MARIMEKKO | RÄSYMATTO rectangular plates x2 | $50
Founded in 1951, the Marimekko garment plant was started in Helsinki by Viljo and Armi Ratia following a failed oil-cloth factory. Armi asked artist friends to pitch in their graphic designs, and a few simple dresses were then made with the patterns. The distinct printed fabrics quickly gained traction, and within five years, were showcased by Giorgio Armani, then a display manager, at an upscale department store in Milan. The print was soon brought to the United States, and made popular by Jackie Kennedy during the 1960s presidential campaign. Today, Marimekko’s mission of spreading joy is celebrated throughout the world.
Finnish for rag rug, the Räsymatto print is a versatile, geometric illustration designed in 2009 by Maija Louekari. Born in 1982, Louekari made her big break at a design competition in Helsinki, and has since been working for the Finnish brand.
STELTON | THEO mugs with coasters x2 | $50
50 years ago, Stelton began when army pals Niels Stellan Høm and Carton Madelaire merged their first names. After a slow start, the brand entered into a contract with a small company called Danish Stainless, and began marketing stainless steel gravy boats. The stylish products quickly took off and became the epitome of Danish design, being sold at high-end stores in the United States. Still regarded as high-quality and innovative, Stelton has been pegged as the brand that “tickles the design gene”.
Designed by Francis Cayouette, the THEO collection mixes the classic Scandinavian feel with Asian influence - blackish-brown stoneware with a cast-iron finish and bamboo touches.
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