Repurposed Antique Finnish Linens by Tuuni

Repurposed Antique Finnish Linens by Tuuni

Kathryn Wright
Apr 27, 2010

Tuija Lommi is a Finnish designer who re-purposes vintage and antique fabric into gorgeous household items, such as baskets and pillows. Her line is named "Tuuni," a play on a Finnish girl's name meaning peaceful or calm, and "Tuunaus," a word that refers to products made from recycled materials. Tuija's designs are as thoughtful and poetic as the name of her line. She has an incredible knack for pairing fine textures such as lace perfectly with rich neutral linens.

Tuija uses mainly reclaimed materials from charity shops, flea markets, and vintage stores in and around Helsinki. She seeks the antique hand-embroidered bridal linens and crocheted lace that are abundant and largely abandoned in Finland, looking specifically for older heirloom pieces that were made to last a lifetime, or more.

Her profound respect for the materials shows in her one-of-a-kind pieces. She is able to maintain their original integrity while showcasing them in a sleek, modern, and practical design. Tuija's inspiration seems to come from a genuine love of old hand-made items, and preserving them for a new generation for many years to come.

"I think it's important to buy handmade and support small businesses that make quality products. It's good to know just exactly what you are buying and knowing the techniques and materials used. I like to think that my daughter and possibly her children may well use the item after me and it still has that timeless character and quality, unlike mass-produced products that end up in landfill in no time." - Tuija Lommi

Her work is available through her etsy shop, and available through the following Finnish retailers (both sites in Finnish): Mereija in Helsinki and Bella Casa in Tuusula.

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