Short Midsummer Break

Ahem Ahem!, My Spaces

In Finland, Midsummer is called the nightless night. Here in Massachusetts we don’t have the magical, light, still summer nights that Finland has, but June has its own share of beauty.

Sunset at Pond Jun 2013

I’m taking a few days off to celebrate Midsummer. My Tumblr will keep tumblin’, and I will keep an eye on the shop, but otherwise nothing will happen until next Thursday.

Hyvää juhannusta!

Colors: Invoking Autumnal Nature

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Inspiration

Marimekko’s latest home décor line, Sääpäiväkirja (Weather Diary), was inspired by Finnish nature in the fall: wind-blown trees, rustling reeds, glowing golden grasses, storm-soaked rocks and misty archipelago mornings. I grabbed my favorite dishware into one collage:

Marimekko Saapaivakirja Collage

Sääpäiväkirja pattern by Aino-Maija Metsola / Marimekko; collage by Eppu Jensen.

I am certainly reminded of sky and water when the weather is changing, or of seeing a golden sunrise through mist.

In the design process, I’m fascinated by the number of iterations a pattern might go through before “the one” emerges. Below is a photo with the Sääpäiväkirja coffee mug and some of the sketches:

Marimekko Saapaivakirja in the making

Sääpäiväkirja pattern by Aino-Maija Metsola / Marimekko.

If you’re at all interested in the design process, you should definitely visit the U.S. Marimekko site for more photos of sketches next to finished products.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.