Tuuli Finland: Finnish Design and Marimekko Mecca

Tuuli Finland: Finnish Design and Marimekko Mecca

Anne Reagan
Mar 18, 2010
  • Location: Seattle, WA

Store History

  • Founded: 2004
  • Founded by: Ulla Freeman
  • Headquarters: Seattle, WA

If you love Finnish design then Tuuli Finland is a must-stop shop. Located in Seattle's Pike Place Market shopping district, Tuuli carries the best of Finland's home designs. The shop is not large but it is filled with color and vibrancy. And for all of you Marimekko enthusiasts, there is no other place on the West Coast to see such a large collection from this important design house.

Tuuli opened in 2004 by Ulla Freeman who is from Finland. Ulla has had several careers but always knew that owning a store full of Finnish designs would be her dream. She travels at least once a year to Helsinki to visit her current lines and to research new, undiscovered designers. She is passionate about her homeland's sense of style and has made sure that Tuuli is a family business: her three children all work with her and regularly go with her on buying trips.

Stocked with goods from Arabia, Iittalia, Aarika and Marimekko a person can find everything they need to decorate their home and their body. One of the best tips from Ulla was learning that Marimekko, Iittala, Arabia and Aarika (textiles, glass, ceramics and wood, respectively) coordinate their palettes so that using these pieces together in your home is effortless.

Talking to Ulla is like taking a history class on Marimekko; her knowledge of this 54 year-old company is vast. As diehard Marimekko fans know, this company (whose name literally translates into "Mary's Dress") started off in the clothing business, making simple shirts and dresses that everyone could wear and love. Their distinctive designs and vibrant colors are matchless; often imitated yet never replicated. She meets with all the textile and clothing designers for Marimekko and is great source of information regarding the patterns, colors and fabric styles. Tuuli is the place to buy Marimekko fabrics by the yard and she offers discounts to the trade. Because she deals directly with Marimekko she is the best source for those looking for a specific design or particular quantities. She even carries products from local designers who create goods using Marimekko textiles, like Lit, who makes custom lampshades.

So whether you are a local buying food at the market, or a visitor checking out Seattle's famous Hammering Man, be sure to stop by Tuuli for a visual treat that will surely chase away Seattle's grey skies.

Image credit: Anne Reagan

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