ISSUE 50  |  Saint Lucia

Scandinavian-Inspired Textiles by Way of Vermont

December 13, 2012 4:30 PM

BY Justine Hand

Hailing from the "tippiest and nippiest" corner of Vermont, a textile designer creates goods that bring a little bit of Scandi-inspired sunshine to the home.

When Valerie Ormiston was small, she learned to appreciate the little things in life. In between catching fireflies and minnows and other childhood adventures, she would listen to tales of how, when her own mother was a child, her Finnish grandmother called her "Pikku Maiju"—"Little Marie." In honor of that heritage and of her mother, the designer decided to call her company Pikku.

Above: Pikku's Loop-di-Loop Pillow is hand silk screened onto organic cotton/hemp blend canvas; $98.

Above: Pikku's original designs are printed onto Cotton ribbon imported from Italy by Angela Liguori, and then wrapped on wooden paddles, which are custom made in Vermont; $13 for two yards.

Above: Pikku's Mums Pillow comes in peat, lemon, or poppi; $98 for cover only, $136 including down filled cushion.

Above: Like all Valerie's eco-friendly fabrics, Pikku's Tulip Pillow is printed with water-based inks.

Above: Valerie also designs small products in wood. Here her loop-di-loop design adorns a Birch Jot Board; $38. Also available in lemon and carrot.

Above: Available in pod green, grey loopi (above), orange daisy, or blue grove, Valerie's Happy Days Calendars can be reused year to year;

Above: At a recent trunk show, Pikku's wrapping Papers appeared alongside cards and ribbons by Angela Liguori; $8 for two sheets. Photo via designskool.

N.B: Looking for similar goods? Shop 1181 Scandi-inspired accessories for your home in our Accessories Section.