Michelle Willey (classic ideas for modern living)
I had a birthday recently. On the way to a celebratory event, I invoked "birthday girl privileges" and requested a detour. I wanted to see a special trunk show of Finnish products on a temporary display at Michelle Willey, a shop I really like in Boston.
I was drooling over the rich materials, bold forms, and reassuring Finnish simplicity. All of the products I saw are new to the US and barely distributed. I especially appreciated speaking with Timo Utter, who is single-handedly importing these products from a tight selection of high quality family-owned enterprises.
Some people wax poetic in bookstores, for others it is music stores. I love those too, but for me a truly absorbing experience is to encounter products that have a perfect blend of form, function, material, and fabrication. The Finns are so superb at that.