Synopses & Reviews
Founded in 1951 by visionary textile designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo, the Marimekko Corporation in Finland not only sparked a revolution in pattern making but also pioneered a new definition of fashion that embraced the entire home environment. This book presents more than one hundred examples of the exuberant Marimekko fashions and home furnishings that gave the company a definitive presence on the world design stage.
The book considers the history of the company from its founding through today and examines Marimekkoand#8217;s impact on design in Finland and around the world. The companyand#8217;s most important designers, including Maija Isola and Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, their contributions, and their stylistic development are also discussed. In addition, the book examines Marimekko home and office interiors and how they reflected the lifestyle envisioned in Armi Ratiaand#8217;s broad, radical definition of fashion.
About the Author
Marianne Aav is design historian and director of the Finnish Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki.