marimekko, palo alto

May 25, 2013

This past week was one of those impossibly long ones.  By the time Wednesday rolled around I couldn’t believe there was more of the week still ahead.  I slogged through.  I drove my car all the way to Palo Alto for service.  In some amazingly bad Bay Area traffic (which means, yay, improving economy!).  On Thursday I was ready to throw in the towel on this week, but after picking up the car, I decided to take advantage of this trek and took a detour on my way home.

I ended up at the Marimekko store in Stanford Shopping Center.  After slowing down to browse, I began to realize just how much I needed this.  I tend to shop online and overwhelm myself with research.  It was nice to slowly browse, feel the fabrics, and chat with the nice lady who waited on me, pulling fabrics down and unraveling them to show off their drool-inducing patterns and colours.

I haven’t always been a fan, as I used to associate Marimekko with the ‘Unikko’ red and white flower pattern which was quite popular some ten years ago and not quite my cup of tea.  But lately, as I’ve become more interested in patterns and fabrics, I have come to love their monochromatic and graphic styles.

There’s Unikko in the upper left!

 Marimekko’s spring fabrics have been out for a while now, and they are super fun.  I spotted this and feel in love:

Tilkkutäkki.  Very op art.  Definitely an option as an actual art piece too, if stretched on a canvas.  Perhaps in our dining room?
If you’re in the neighbourhood, the store is worth a look.  I’m glad I took the time to stop in.
Happy weekend!
(And no, this is not a sponsored post.  Just sharing my shopping finds with you.)

photos:  Karolina Buchner

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  • Reply Jennie May 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve been super attracted to yummy bright colors since the sun came out! Love the unique combo of colors they put in this one and it’s sooo you.

    • Reply karolina May 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

      Yes, here’s to more sunny days! Dave was quick to point out why I was attracted to that fabric: we have a crazy afghan with almost the same colours in our living room already! Funny how things like that stay with you.

  • Reply Karen Nepacena June 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Love the post; I’ve always been inspired by Marimekko designs and prints. My sister is the visual designer for Marimekko West Coast and she is often in that store. Next time you’re in, ask for Kristin P! I haven’t see the Palo Alto store yet… I will have to take a trip over!

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