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The Finnish textile company Marimekko was founded by Armi and Viljo Ratia in Helsinki in 1951. Famous for their clothing designs, today, Marimekko offers a wide selection of colourful and patterned products for the home.

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Polyester pillow filling 50 x 50 cm  Marimekko - Polyester pillow filling 50 x 50 cm €10.90 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle, white / black, 250 ml €18.50 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto bowl Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Bowl, 500 ml, white / black €25.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle, white / black, 400ml €19.50 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / red €32.50 * 5 von 5Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Pillowcase 50 x 50 cm €49.50 * 3 von 5Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Marimekko - Siirtolapuutarha Plate, Ø 25 cm, white / black €29.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Siirtolapuutarha Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Siirtolapuutarha Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, mulitcoloured (spring 2017) €32.50 *Marimekko - Fokus Tray Marimekko - Fokus Tray round Ø 46 cm €69.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Shower Curtain Marimekko - Unikko Shower Curtain, white / red / fuchsia €59.50 *Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Bath Mat Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Bath Mat, black €54.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Oven Mitt Marimekko - Räsymatto Oven Mitten, black / white €19.50 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Cushion Cover Marimekko - Räsymatto Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, grey / white €44.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / black €32.50 * 5 von 5Marimekko - Veljekset Mug with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Veljekset mug with handle, 250 ml, white / black / blue €18.50 *Marimekko - Veljekset Plate Ø 20 cm Marimekko - Veljekset Plate Ø 20 cm, multicoloured €25.00 *Marimekko - Cushion Filling 40 x 60 cm Marimekko - Cushion Filling 40 x 60 cm €10.90 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Mini Hand Towel Marimekko - Räsymatto Mini Hand Towel 25 x 25 cm, black €5.50 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Pot Holder Marimekko - Räsymatto Pot Holder, black / white €10.50 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Mug with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha mug with handle, 250 ml (spring 2017) €18.50 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl 1500 ml, white / black €49.00 *Marimekko - Oiva teapot Marimekko - Oiva teapot, white €75.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Plate Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Plate, Ø 20 cm, white / black €25.00 *Marimekko - Tiiliskivi Cushion Cover Marimekko - Tiiliskivi Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, black / white €32.50 * 4 von 5Marimekko - Unikko Solid Bath Mat Marimekko - Unikko Solid Bathroom Mat, grey €35.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Hand Towel Marimekko - Unikko Hand Towel 50 x 100 cm, black / sand €24.00 *Marimekko - Varvunraita Pot Holder Marimekko - Varvunraita Pot Holder, white / black (winter 2016) €12.50 *Marimekko - Tasaraita Tray Marimekko - Tasaraita tray, black / white (spring 2017) €29.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Tea Towel Marimekko - Unikko Tea Towel, set of 2, white / red €32.50 *Marimekko - Unikko Mini Towel Marimekko - Unikko Mini Towel 25 x 25 cm, black / sand €6.50 *Marimekko - Siirtolapuutarha Tea Towel Marimekko - Siirtolapuutarha tea towel, green / white (spring 2017) €16.50 *Marimekko - Oiva Sääpäiväkirja Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Sääpäiväkirja Cup with Handle, green €18.50 *Marimekko - Veljekset Cups (Set of 2) The Marimekko - Oiva Veljekset Cup (set of 2), 200 ml, €31.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / beige / blue (Spring 2018) €32.50 * 5 von 5Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Ø 20 cm Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Ø 20 cm, white / black €25.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl 250 ml, white / black €18.50 *


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Marimekko conquered the world of design with powerful colours and innovative forms

Armi Ratia
The Finnish textile company Marimekko was founded by Armi and Viljo Ratia in Helsinki in 1951. The name, which means approximately “Mari’s dress,” represents “simple cloches for every day.” Marimekko however, is not known for its simplicity. The bold designs, strong colours, and innovative shapes of the textile products were responsible for the international breakthrough of the company in the 1960s. Some more milestones in Marimekko's history include the Unikko Collection, created by Maija Isola, and the Siirtolapuutarha Collection by Maija Louekari and Sami Ruotsalainen.

Marimekko and its origins

The origins of the company Marimekko date back to the textile company Printex, which has been founded by Viljo Ratia in 1949 in reaction to the large clothes demand of the post-war period. Armi Ratia also designed some patterns that were sold, but she did not consider herself a designer. Then came Maija Isola as the young and ambitionous chief designer to Printex.

Marimekko Kleidung in den 1950er

Founding years of Marimekko

Marimekko was founded in 1951 with the aim of selling furniture and clothes from Printex. When Marimekko presented its first collection – with unusually happy and colourful fashion for that time – in 1953, the response was big. In 1953, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined the design team and introduced design politics known as “anti-fashion.” With bold cuts, basic materials, and a progressive brand image, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi set trends, rather than following them. That’s how the company Marimekko managed financially until 1955, becoming more popular internationally before being presented at the world exposition in Brussels in 1958.

Maija Isola bei der Arbeit

Swinging Sixties

The Brussels world exposition encouraged contracts from all over the world, bringing Marimekko clothes to America, where the president’s wife, Jaqueline Kennedy, bought seven dresses, ensuring strong, international media attention.
Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi left the company Marimekko at the end of the 1950s, founding his company Vuokko Oy. Subsequently, the artistic director at Marimekko became Annika Rimala.

The use of pure cotton instead of the then newish “wonder material” nylon also meant a difference for Marimekko, effectively ignoring the trends. It also reinforced its image as unconventional company. Precisely because that image was reflected in the simple, chic, and casual style of dress and the bold and colorful fabrics by Annika Rimala, Marimekko in the sixties was very popular with the women in creative occupations.

Muster Pallo von Annika Rimala

Marimekko heute

Marimekko in the 1970s until today

While the 1960s were inspired by Space Age design and psychedelic colours, the 1970s went back to serious and conformist designs. The collection Tasaraita from Annika Rimala from 1969 represents that: The equally striped clothes series included t-shirts, nightgowns, underwear, and shirts and it was meant to compliment the popular jeans trend. But despite (or maybe because of) the sober simplicity, the collection with the blue-white and red-white stripes became a real bestseller.

Armi Ratia passed away in October 1979 which led to Marimekko being sold to the Amer Group in 1985. The philosophy of the company’s founders was upheld; it was still about “being different,” but the promise of large-scale commercial success was not fulfilled. This urgency called Kirsti Paakkanen to take over the company in 1991 and Marimekko was guided out of the loss-zone into a brighter future.

Marimekko does not only design and produce high-class fashion, textiles, and bags, but it also offers a large assortment of ceramics, glass, and many other furnishing elements for the bathroom, bedroom, and living room. In addition to the legendary patterns by Maija Isola, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, or Annika Rimala, Marimekko also presents numerous designs by Finnish newcomers and design masters such as Ikka Suppanen, Nina Pirhonen, or Harri Koskinen.

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The art of printmaking  

The art of printmaking

From the inspiration source to the idea via the drawing to the produced fabric: Accompany the Marimekko fabric on its journey from its origin to the studio until it arrives at your home.

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