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The collection is bright, bold and incredibly summer-y.
I love an Adirondack chair as much as the next person. But outdoor furniture is a real opportunity to go a little crazy with colour and pattern—after all, Western Canadian weather doesn’t quite allow for the year-round use of patio chairs. In these precious summer months, we should celebrate design that brings the sunshine. An example, you ask? West Elm just announced a collaboration with Marimekko today, and the new line has the perfect playful, bright and summer-y vibe.
Here are some of our favourite picks from the limited-edition collection, available online now.
Is it medically possible to feel stressed out in a hammock? Possibly, but the beautiful marigold-printed Papajo hammock ($269) makes it pretty darn tough. This is the sort of summer lounge spot that causes fights among family members: better order one per person.
The pattern in this indoor/outdoor pillow ($89) is called Kavio, and it was first designed almost sixty years ago. Says Marimekko: “Maija Isola got the idea for the Kaivo fabric (1964) at a well. She dropped the pail in by accident and was mesmerised by the living rings that formed on the surface of the water.” Six decades later, it’s still pretty hypnotic.
This might be a sign that indoor/outdoor furniture has reached its absolute peak (unless someone is out there is beta-testing an outdoor bunkbed–if so, please send me an email). The Marimekko bean bag ($599) is water-resistant and looks just as Insta-worthy as it is nap-worthy.
The Marimekko doormat in Kukkatori Poppy ($45) feels like the sort of welcome mat that a fairy who lives in a tree might use—’tis the season for giving your doorstep a little flower power.
Who let the rugs out? The usually-indoor floor-covering gets an al fresco makeover in the Papajo colbalt rug ($599). This feels like the key to giving your patio an instant update.
Marigolds again—couldn’t resist. The Marimekko Playa outdoor sofa ($2,099) is a bold choice. High risk, high reward: we love the mix of bright yellows with the natural wood.
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