June 2009



Marimekko Wallpaper

Demand for Marimekko to reintroduce their wallpaper has soared recently as more and more designers have turned towards the use of patterns and color when…


Kaj Franck Award

Established in 1992, the Kaj Franck Design Prize is awarded to designers working in the spirit of the late Kaj Franck. The purpose of the…


Sarpaneva Pot

The Sarpaneva pot is often seen as the perfect example of the Finns’ ability to combine beauty with function. Its unadorned cast iron form is…


Unikko Pattern

The Unikko pattern is Marimekko’s most iconic design. The splashy print came about after Armi Ratia announced that Marimekko did not manufacture floral prints. Maija…


Mika Piirainen

A graduate of the Lahti Institute of Design, Mika Piirainen has designed for Marimekko since 1994. Over the years, his versatile collections have included clothing…


Maija Isola

Maija Isola (1927–2001) was the first full-time designer hired by Printex, the company that eventually spawned Marimekko. Her most famous print, Unikko, has become the…


Kristina Isola

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Kristina Isola is an accomplished textile designer in her own right. She made her first sketches for fabrics at the…


Kaj Franck

(1911-1989) Born in Vyborg, Finland. Kaj Franck is described as the conscience of Finnish design. He removed everything excessive in his designs, leaving only the…