Bobby and I spent a few hours this past weekend at The Grove, a Los Angeles glorified, slightly overhyped, open air mall. We found a few cool things happening, namely a really amazing Tommy Hilfiger pop-up shop that was a house from The Hamptons. But, we also popped into Crate and Barrel to find a really, really splendid treat: The Marimekko Shop at Crate and Barrel.
First off, I had no idea Marimekko was doing anything with anyone, more or less Crate and Barrel. The collaboration didn’t really make a lot of sense to me, but–once encountered–things made total sense. Marimekko’s patterns and prints are perfect for home items, things like shower curtains, pillows, bags and kitchen items. The collaboration also yielded a few clothing and furniture items, which are truly breathtaking: bright, over-the-top pieces that would be the perfect Finnish accent piece to any household. The glassware (plates, mugs, tumblers, teapots) are also fantastically designed with beautiful artwork, both of which combine to create these pieces that are somewhere in between Danish Modern and Japanese Stoneware.
Moreover, the shop highlighted that Crate and Barrel and Marimekko have had a relationship since the 60’s. The store has carried their fabrics for sometime in every store. Similarly, they mentioned that every store features a “dramatic, suspended sweep of Marimekko textiles radiating bold color and pure joy.” While this seems somewhat conceptual, it’s actually quite literal: next time you are in a Crate and Barrel, look up and notice the hanging fabric panels because they are in fact fun, candy colored, beautiful Marimekko pieces. Who knew?!
Sadly, there are only five of these shop-within-the-shop locations: two in New York, one in Chicago, one in San Francisco, and one in Los Angeles, at The Grove. But, you can pick up the products online, which I highly suggest you do.
The little shop was so exciting because it seemed to be limitless: there were so many hidden treasures, camouflaged in patterns. One little finders piece was a small (free!) newspaper by Marimekko about pattern and the Marimekko lifestyle. Take a look below at an inside peek at the paper!