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

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Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle, white / black, 250 ml £17.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Bowl Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto bowl, 500 ml, white / black £23.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup with Handle, white / black, 400ml £18.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / red £29.00 *Marimekko - Fokus Tray Marimekko - Fokus Tray round Ø 46 cm £61.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Marimekko - Siirtolapuutarha Plate, Ø 25 cm, white / black £26.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Siirtolapuutarha Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Siirtolapuutarha Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, mulitcoloured (spring 2017) £29.00 *Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Pillowcase Marimekko - Pienet Kivet cushion cover 50 x 50 cm £44.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Shower Curtain Marimekko - Unikko Shower Curtain, white / red / fuchsia £53.00 *Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Bath Mat Marimekko - Pienet Kivet Bath Mat, black £48.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Oven Mitten Marimekko - Räsymatto Oven Mitt, black / white £18.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / black £29.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Cushion Cover Marimekko - Räsymatto Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, grey / white £39.00 *Marimekko - Veljekset Plate Ø 20 cm Marimekko - Veljekset Plate Ø 20 cm, multicoloured £23.00 *Marimekko - Veljekset Mug with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Veljekset mug with handle, 250 ml, white / black / blue £17.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Mini Hand Towel Marimekko - Räsymatto Mini Hand Towel 25 x 25 cm, black £5.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Pot Holder Marimekko - Räsymatto Pot Holder, black / white £10.00 *Marimekko - Oiva teapot Marimekko - Oiva teapot, white £67.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl 1500 ml, white / black £44.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Mug with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha mug with handle, 250 ml (spring 2017) £17.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Plate Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Plate, Ø 20cm, white / black £23.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Tea Towel Marimekko - Unikko Tea Towel, set of 2, white / red £29.00 *Marimekko - Tiiliskivi Pillowcase Marimekko - Tiiliskivi Cushion Cover 50 x 50cm, black / white £29.00 *Marimekko - Tasaraita Tray Marimekko - Tasaraita tray, black / white (spring 2017) £26.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Hand Towel Marimekko - Unikko Hand Towel 50 x 100 cm, black / sand £22.00 *Marimekko - Varvunraita Pot Holder Marimekko - Varvunraita Pot Holder, white / black (winter 2016) £12.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Sääpäiväkirja Cup with Handle Marimekko - Oiva Sääpäiväkirja Cup with Handle, green £17.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Ø 20 cm Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Plate Ø 20 cm, white / black £23.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Solid Bathroom Mat Marimekko - Unikko Solid Bathroom Mat, grey £31.00 *Marimekko - Unikko Mini Towel Marimekko - Unikko Mini Towel 25 x 25 cm, black / sand £6.00 *Marimekko - Veljekset Cups (Set of 2) The Marimekko - Oiva Veljekset Cup (set of 2), 200 ml £28.00 *Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover Marimekko - Pieni Unikko Cushion Cover 50 x 50 cm, white / beige / blue (Spring 2018) £29.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup without Handle Marimekko - Oiva Räsymatto Cup without Handle, white / black £15.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl (Spring 2017) Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha bowl, 500 ml, 096 (spring 2017) £23.00 *Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl Marimekko - Oiva Siirtolapuutarha Bowl 250 ml, white / black £17.00 *Marimekko - Räsymatto Serving Plate Marimekko - Räsymatto Serving Plate 15 x 12cm, white / black £17.00 *

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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 as much as "Maris dress" represents "simple cloches for every day": Marimekko however, isn't famous because of 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 are the Maija Isola created Unikko Collection and the Maija Louekari and Sami Ruotsalainen made Siirtolapuutarha Collection.

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 as reaction to the big clothes demand of the post-war period. Armi Ratia also designed some patterns that were sold, but she didn't consider herself as designer. Therefore came Maija Isola as young and ambitioned chief designer to Printex.

Marimekko Kleidung in den 1950er

Foundation years of Marimekko

Marimekko was founded in 1951 with the aim of selling furniture and clothes textiles from Printex. When Marimekko presented the first collection – with the unusually happy and colourful fashion for that time – in 1953, the response was big. Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi set trends with bold steps, elementary textiles and a progressive brands name, instead of following them. That's how the company Marimekko reached the financial turn until 1955, getting more popular internationally, before being presented on the world's 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 presence.
Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi left the company Marimekko in the end of the 1950s, founding his company Vuokko Oy. The artistic management of Marimekko was then taken by Annika Rimala.

The usage of pure cotton instead of the then newish "wonder material" nylon also meant a difference for Marimekko, ignoring the trends. It reinforced its image as unconventional company. That image, which was mirrored in the simple, chic and legendary clothes style and the bold and colourful textiles by Annika Rimala, was especially desired by women in creative jobs.

Muster Pallo von Annika Rimala

Marimekko heute

Marimekko in the 1970s until today

While the 1960s were inspired by the 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 should complete 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 by in October of 1979, which was the reason why Marimekko was sold to the Amer Group in 1985. The philosophy of the company's founders was kept, so it was still about "being different", but the promise of the big commercial success wasn't fulfilled. The urgency called Kirsti Paakkanen to undertake the company in 1991 and Marimekko was guided out of the loss-zone into a brighter future.

Marimekko doesn't only design and produce high class fashion, textiles and bags, but it also offers a big assortment of ceramics, glass and many other furnishing elements for the bathroom, bedroom and living room. Besides the legendary patterns from 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.