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Cake and Plates

I was searching for cake recipes when I found a picture of Marimekko’s bold coloured patchwork tablecloth on the Marimekko blog. Isn’t it wonderful how the web works.  You want cake and you get tableware.  In fact, the tableware laid out across the bold patchwork tablecloth in the post above my cake (a strawberry summer petit fours recipe) was equally delightful- did you see those adorable blue square plates under the polka dot mugs?  They are the perfect size for appetizers and cookies!!

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Back to business- the plates, I later found out were from Marimekko’s Oiva tableware line which were designed by Sami Ruotsalainen.  Oiva is another great example of a tableware line that is perfect for mixing and matching.  For those of you with a short attention span and a high creative quotient when it comes to tableware, you’ll appreciate this.

I’ve blogged about tableware lines purposely designed for mixing and matching.  The beauty, of course, is the owner is in the driver seat and encouraged to create as many colour and pattern combinations to his or her liking when setting the table. In Marimekko’s SS 2013 Oiva, you get to mix bold graphics and colours reminiscent of nature in Maija Isola’s Paaryna {pear}  (Maija’s Pop Art pear was originally designed in the 1960s) and Aino-Maija Metsola‘s fruits plus onion in her Kompotti.

 

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Pop Art fruit with a plain plate- you can do that.  Flower with fruit- you can do that.  Fruit bowl with plain plate- you can do that too!  And we’re only talking about one tableware line.  Marimekko has many more designs in its repertoire.  This is exciting!

In case you are curious, here are some other companies doing a good job at producing mix and match tableware lines from around the world: {House of Rym (Sweden/Tunisia) , Mud Australia , Heath Ceramics (California), Arabia (Finland), Rice (Denmark)}

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