Textiles Inspiration: Marimekko

Siirtolapuutarha by Maija Louekari for Marimekko

One of my all time favourite printed textiles are designed and made by Marimekko. They never disappoint. I believe they have been so forward thinking since their inception in 1951. One of the owners, Armi Ratia, cleverly asked her artistic friends to create some patterns for her garment business, no surprise that she is a much admired and respected entrepreneur. I love the over-sizing and sheer balls that this design company has always shown in the choice of their patterns during times when lots of other businesses were producing delicate and usually boring florals. By now the brand is world renowned and involved in a huge number of interesting collaborations.


Unikko print by Maija Isola for Marimekko

Marimekko has a strong group of forward thinking designers, Maija Isola for example designed the 1964 Unikko print in defiance after Armi Ratia stated that she would never allow florals in the collection. Isola’s oversized floral design was, however, added to the collection and has since become one of the most famous prints owned by the company.

Kippis fabric print by Maija Louekari for Marimekko

Maija Louekari is a more recent designer at Marimekko, she was hired straight out of Hellsinki Art school as a freelance textiles designer and has a very strong illustrative  design aesthetic. Recently she won the Fashion Influencer of the year award at Finland’s second Elle Style Awards on 20 October 2010.

Kanteleen kutsu folkloric print by Sanna Annukka for Marimekko

Which Marimekko print is your favourite?