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!Mifuko at Golden & Pine

Mifuko at Golden & Pine

What is your business name?

Mifuko

Describe your style in three words….

Scandinavian, simple, handcrafted

What is your best seller?

White baskets

How do you spend your time away from work?

Jogging and playing with the kids

Favorite book?

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

Favorite fabric?

Khanga

What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current career?

Graphic Design

What is one thing in your career that you’ve never regretted?

Traveling to Kenya to meet artisans

Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be yourself!

Whats at the top of your bucket list?

New York

Favorite cocktail?

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?

Home.

Mifuko at Golden & Pine

Mifuko at Golden & Pine

 

Photo credit: Mifuko

 

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