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Jenni Tuominen

The most important thing to remember when decorating a room: Light; it brings colours out best. When picking out textiles for my own home, I choose pure, bright colours.

My favourite room: My living room. I spend a lot of time there and often draw and design new fabrics there in the evenings.

My greatest design influence: Katsuji Wakisaka, Maija Isola, Tove Jansson

My best design moment: When I won Marimekko’s “Designer, Meet the User!” competition

My most important mentor: Illustrator/graphic artist Sakke Yrjölä

The word that best describes my design philosophy: Hands-on, experimental, joy, happiness, and confidence in what you’re doing

My first memory of Marimekko: Katsuji Wakisaka’s Karuselli, which is in the background of our childhood family portrait. We lived in Sweden then, and my mom would always bring back Marimekko fabrics from Finland. I asked her why once, and she said she was proud that such handsome fabrics came from Finland and they reminded her of home.

The thing I hope to bring to Marimekko: My handprint

One thing I will never change: Letraset ProMarkers

I relax by: Picking mushrooms (but I don’t like to eat them!)

Sketch by hand or click on computer? Drawing by hand, computers can help when finishing

If I were not working as a designer, I would be: Doing something with my hands, maybe a baker.