60 Years of Marimekko!

20 Mar

I only want to bring people together so they can get to know each other and gain something from one another.”

-Armi Ratia, the Founder of Marimekko

Marimekko – A Whole Life

60 Years of Colors, Stripes and Shapes

This past Thursday night, I attended the opening for the new Marimekko exhibition at the Design Museum. This show chronicles the company’s sixty years with a collection of textiles and apparel beginning with the very first designs for Printex. This oil-cloth company owned by Armi Ratia would later develop into Marimekko, an international leader in fashion and textile design.

Alongside clothing and accessories from previous decades, the show features archives and photos. I learned that originally Armi Ratia wanted to call the company simply “Armi” but this name was already registered to another venture. Ratia settled on Marimekko, the combination of an anagram of her name Armi and the word for dress in Finnish, mekko.

Walking around the show, I felt nostalgic for jumpsuits and the bold patterning of the 1960s. Below are my personal highlights from the opening with work from my favorite Marimekko designers including Maija Isola, Annika Rimala and the Japanese designer Katsuji Wakisaka.

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5 Responses to “60 Years of Marimekko!”

  1. datr3128 March 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    this being fabrics, it’s mostly “girl stuff”, but i went to the Marimekko store while i was in town a few days before the big Converse debut (our U.S. VP Biden thumbed his nose at this on his recent visit to Helsinki, but he’s a guy, too) which i think was on 4 March if memory serves, and the prints are very cool, and if i could sew, i’d be tempted to build something with them : )

    • hellosinki March 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

      And did you buy yourself a new pair of marimekko converse??

  2. leslie March 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    cute dresses

  3. victoria August 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    your readers maybe interested in the Marimekko pop-up shop happening at Heal’s as part of Marimekko’s 60th birthday celebrations. The Marimekko Scare Owl will be making an appearence, as well as a limited edition Mistral sofa covered in Marimekko fabric.
    Find out more here:
    http://blog.heals.co.uk/2011/08/we-love-marimekko.html

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