I struggled on what category to drop this post in, as Marimekko is both a source of great design inspiration (oh those patterns), as well as having lust-worthy, wishlist creating products. "Design" it goes. Founded in 1951 by designers Viljo & Armi Ratia, Finnish fabric & clothing company Marimekko has maintained it’s playful, bold, and “cut above the rest” style for what seems like a lifetime. The name is a play on words, and not Japanese in origin as I thought for, oh years now. ‘Mari’ is an anagram for Ratia’s first name and ‘mekko’ means dress in Finnish (now I know). I highly recommend dedicating some time to exploring their fun, labyrinthine-style website, you will pick up inspiration literally on every click. I loved discovering my favorite designers on their team, and especially was delighted by the Q&A with Maija Loukari who claims her favorite fashion icon is Pippi Longstocking and her design philosophy is “avoid pointless rushing” (word). In my dream world, I envision my home covered in fabrics and home goods from Marimekko…until then, I will continue exploring their site and keep an eye out for gems at Crate & Barrel, a carrier of Marimekko products.