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Road Trip No. 6: Michelle Willey and Finnish products trunk show

Michelle Willey (classic ideas for modern living)

Boston, MA

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.

Michelle Willey shop at 8 Union Park Street, Boston

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.


  • BBoomerGirl Says:

    I grew up with "Swedish simplicity" so I appreciate these products. I am looking for a Finnish or Scandinavian cookbook to bake those great treats I had as a kid.

  • julespieri Says:

    Hi BBoomerGirl...lucky you for being trained in this sensibility from birth. We will keep our eyes peeled for the cookbook of your childhood dreams.

  • CreateGirl/Julieann Says:

    This is a store I will have to drop into the next time I am in the South End. Her products look just lovely! thanks (and happy belated bday!)

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