On this Behind the Pines post, we’re featuring one of our favorites, Mifuko! This Finnish company makes handmade colorful baskets in Kenya out of recycled plastic and sisal with contemporary Finnish designs and traditional Kenyan craft techniques. They range in size and color and can be used for anything! (You’ve probably seen them around the shop with plants in them!) Mifuko was founded in 2009 by two Finnish designers, Mari Martikainen and Minna Impio. Both Mari and Minna have studied textile art and design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and both have a Master of Arts degree. The word Mifuko means pocket in Swahili. Mifuko makes sure that everyone has something in their pocket; their products bring joy to both the makers in Kenya and their customers around the world. We sent over a few questions over to Mifuko to get to know them a little bit better! Read on to see why we love this company so much!
What is your business name?
Describe your style in three words….
Scandinavian, simple, handcrafted
What is your best seller?
How do you spend your time away from work?
Jogging and playing with the kids
At the moment, Knausgard
Favorite piece in your home?
Handmade sofa from Kenya
How did you start making/ creating?
I was studying design, but I’ve been creating things since I was a child
Favorite place to vacation?
North of Finland, Lapland
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current career?
What is one thing in your career that you’ve never regretted?
Traveling to Kenya to meet artisans
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Whats at the top of your bucket list?
Gin & Tonic
What part of your job do you find most surprising?
Working with our customers and artisans
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Photo credit: Mifuko