Founded in 1951, Finnish brand Marrimekko was an almost instant hit when it landed in the United States. The boldly colored fabrics were first sold at the iconic (and long gone) Design Research stores. Jackie Kennedy wore Marimekko dresses on the campaign trail and at the Kennedy compound.
Crate and Barrel has had a relationship with Marrimekko since the 1960’s and just this week opened a dedicated shop in shop in San Francisco, the fifth such shop after New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The San Francisco store was ablaze with color and well-stocked with virtually every item possible from paper napkins to notebooks, cups and saucers to mousepads.
Even for those of us who were around when the brand was relatively new (I’m not naming any names), it’s hard not to love a healthy dose of color and jaunty graphics. Along with its classic line of linens, the brand has also launched a line of table wear including plates, glasses, and porcelain, many in one of the 3,500 patterns in the brand’s archives.
Most stores also feature a station where fabric can be purchased by the yard. In the old days, some might recall their mother’s hippie friends with squares of the fabric stretched on frames.
Somehow that seems so right for right now, the perfect way to beckon summer and chase the last of winter from our door.
Marrimekko is available at all Crate and Barrel stores. Shop in shops are located in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. To shop the Marrimekko collection, click here.