Designed together – Marimekko's new home collection
The new collection was built on the creative collaboration between Carina Seth Andersson and Sami Ruotsalainen, the designer of the Oiva tableware. The idea for the new Oiva tableware patterns, Hortensie, Basket and Spaljé, came up at a meeting of Marimekko's design team, when Carina presented her first sketches for the Hortensie print.
The Hortensie pattern was inspired
by the climbing hydrangea that
grows on the wall of Carina's
summerhouse. She came to the
first design team meeting with a paper cutout of her new design.
The cutout, which represented a
flowering hydrangea stem, was
arranged on top of an Oiva plate.
Carina then folded the stem over
the edge of the plate. Sami loved
the idea that the pattern could
be extended both inside and
beneath the tableware. For him,
it is important that tableware
items look beautifully finished
from every angle.
“Carina was inspired by the climbing hydrangea that grows on the side of her summerhouse.”
Playing with different pattern sketches,
the design team came up with the idea of creating an entire collection of tablesetting items. The floral Hortensie design
was complemented by the more graphic
Basket and Spaljé patterns, both of which
were created by the same paper cutting
technique. Sami also had had prototypes
of colour-dipped Oiva tableware in his
studio for some years, waiting for the
right moment. They fit perfectly in the
Carina gave Sami free
creative reign. He made
paper cutouts of her
designs and arranged
them on the tableware.
When Carina saw the
final proposal, she said
that it was perfect.
Everything was like it
“All the textiles in the collection are printed in Helsinki.”
Once everyone had agreed that a new home
collection was a great idea, Sami started working
on a final design proposal for the collection. He wanted to create a table-setting theme that
could be combined with his other Oiva tableware
designs. Sami also felt that the new collection
had to match the many beloved things people have in their homes.
The collection also
includes kitchen textiles,
table linen and fabrics
that are printed in
printing factory in