Over the last 100 years, design has always been at the forefront of Finland’s identity. A great innovator in Finnish design is Armi Ratia, the founder of the textile and fashion brand Marimekko.
Over the last 100 years, design has always been at the forefront of Finland’s identity. It all started when the country became independent from Russia in 1917 and it became even more important after World War II. As the economy grew and the society began to industrialize, architects and designers were asked to give shape to the new homes and civic spaces and became nation-builders. More than ever, design appeared as a way to define what it meant to be Finnish.
Focus on Marimekko: a nation’s builder fashion brand!
A great innovator in Finnish design is Armi Ratia, the founder of Marimekko. Ratia founded the textile and fashion brand right after the World War II, in 1951. Her ambition was to bring color and energy into the homes of a depressed postwar nation. Marimekko is particularly noted for its brightly colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women's garments and in home furnishings.
The brand is also precursor for the role women played in society. The founder Armi Ratia and two of her main female designers appeared as leaders, innovators, and business women. Vuokko Nurmesniemi designed the world famous pattern with bold stripes and Main Isola the large simple flowered prints such as the Unikko poppy. Together, they created hundreds of distinctive patterns and helped to make Marimekko a household name across the world.
Over the years, Marimekko has remained true to its original mission of bringing joy to everyday life. A positive and empowering lifestyle brand marrying creativity with function, Marimekko continues to delight the world with timeless, yet distinctive designs for fashion, accessories and home décor.
Learn more and discover our fantastic Marimekko's fashion and design collections, with colorful, timeless patterns!