The company is known above all as a timeless printing accessory. Founded by Viljo and Armi Ratia in Finland in 1951, Marimekko has become famous for his original and bold design of apparel and furnishings. The desire of the company is to create something new, sustainable and beautiful for the Finnish everyday life.

Marimekko Fabrics – Maija Isola’s Unikko / Poppy (1964)



Maija Louekari’s Hetkiä / Moments (2003)



Marimekko crisp graphics series, the vibrant colors and presentations have attracted interest from abroad. The author and design expert of the 1960s, Rebecca Tarschysen, once said that “nice everyday goods” were mild and traditional. Marimekko was not mild and was not suitable for a salon and that was why it was so interesting.

Many of the designs have achieved classic status both in Finnish homes and in the interiors of overseas homes and have had a great emotional pattern passing the test of time.

Maija Louekari’s Siirtolapuutarha (2010)

Many classic prints are born in the hands of Maija Isola. Isola was trained as a painter and the prints of Silkkikuikka, Joonas and Rautasänky were born at night at the press table, painting or enjoying music, “dancing with a brush” as described by Isola. Her pictorial touch comes through in the last raster copies.

Erja Hirvi’s Lumimarja / Snow berry (2004)



Isola Lokki / Seagull (1961) and Unikko / Poppy (1964) brought great acclaim to the Finnish designer. Lokki, based on color paper cut in slightly wavy paths that create the optical illusion of more space.

Maija Isola’s Lokki / Seagull (1961)

Isola got her inspiration from the cabin windows with curled curtains. Prior to the Unikko pattern, Marimekko collections had many plant themes designs, but no real floral motif. The lack of floral fabrics is explained by Armi Ratia’s absolute ban – the fabrics should not contain roses or flowers in any way.

Maija Isola’s Rautasänky (1961)

Isola was planned as a protest against the ban, with a whole range of floral designs, including the Unikko’s basic graphic, which became the symbol of the symbols of the future. The revival of Unikko’s pressure has also helped accelerate Marimekko’s rise to near the beginning of the new millennium.

Illusion of more space

Today, the company continues strong printing tradition with a new generation of young, talented designers. Rising stars include, among others, Maija Louekari, Teresa Moorhouse and Erja Hirvi. Trained as an interior designer, Maija Louekari began her collaboration with Marimekko in 2000, marking a new generation of young designers. Behind every Louekari design is an interesting story. Hetkia / Momente (2003) describes the view from the Esplanade Park in Helsinki.

Siirtolapuutarha

Louekaris other known pattern describe the Finnish landscape as the patterns of Ho-Hoi! and Kaiku (2004) as well as the latest Siirtolapuutarha, Räsymatto / Noppeteppich and Puutarhurin parhaat / Gardener’s best (2010). Teresa Moorhouse’s work shows the influence of two cultures. Sininen Gepardi / Blau Cheetah Stoff (2008), where Moorhouse drew graphic images from her childhood – a beautiful cheetah rested on a branch.

Siirtolapuutarha

Erja Hirvi describes, for the most part, simple and natural themes as in her most famous design, Lumimarja / Snow Berry (2004). Lumimarja is also one of the best selling fabrics, both in Finland and abroad.

Finnish landscape

Strong prints and unmistakable style are Ratia’s vision. Timeless and durable, the fabrics should go through life. Marimekko prints are not unique Finnish, but have an international span that encompasses different continents, cultures and generations.

fervor

Spring / Summer 2016 house collection is about blooming brilliance. The new tiara print depicts plants and flowers, the crown of nature. It was designed with black ink and watercolors.

Tradition and style

Winter Blooms. Tackle the holiday season with this runner designed by Erja Hirvi Lumimarja (Finnish for “snow-berry”) pattern from 2004. Fascinated by the beautiful snowberry shrubs that grow throughout the Finnish wilderness, the designer created this Marimekko classic plant in her full bloom, with real branches and berries. She has managed to capture the spirit of the holiday season. Thus, the Lumimarja is the perfect eye-catcher for all holiday holiday tablecloths.

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Marimekko prints

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