Maritori is a cosy lunch restaurant in the Marimekko building, which is situated in the Herttoniemi district of Helsinki. The restaurant underwent a change of ownership in 2019, and a renovation of the Marimekko building provided the opportunity to rethink the restaurant’s functionality. The service concept was adapted from the previous concept, and now the restaurant has a separate salad bar and serves hot meals directly from the kitchen. The meals are cooked by chefs who prepare lunch using seasonal ingredients and the meals are a treat for the eyes as well as your stomach. Maritori’s operations are run by Food Camp Finland, part of the Olo Group.
The look of the restaurant features light surfaces so that the main themes – high-quality food and Marimekko products – are given the space they deserve. Marimekko’s colours and shapes add a flavour of their own to the restaurant, and Maritori’s “white canvas” is a modest and very Scandinavian backdrop for them. The biggest factors that affect the overall look of the space were the replacement of the floor surface to correspond to flooring used in many of the stores, and upgrading the general lighting with profile lights. In addition, all of the wall surfaces were painted, with a few walls featuring three-dimensional tiling selected from ABL-laatat’s range to suit the look and feel of the building.
Maritori still had high-quality Artek products that were repainted during the renovation. A fixed sofa was reupholstered with high-quality leather by Verhoomo Palttina. New kinds of seating areas were added to the space, with correspondingly high-quality classic furniture: Poiat’s Lavitta chairs and Yrjö Kukkapuro’s Moderno chairs.
The restaurant’s space solutions took Maritori’s diverse customer base into account. The restaurant’s services are used by Marimekko staff, other employees in the nearby area, Marimerkko’s customers, and groups of tourists. The restaurant is open to everyone, and customers can eat lunch and enjoy a laid-back coffee break between shopping.
Photos: Food Camp Finland / Julius Konttinen