Finland’s most famous design house goes for gold
Marimekko is a Finnish design house celebrated worldwide for its original prints and way with colour. Founded in 1951 by a visionary woman, Armi Ratia, Marimekko was one of the world’s first true lifestyle brands, combining fashion, bags and accessories as well as home decoration into one unique point of view. That Nordic vision was embraced by the world after Jackie Kennedy bought seven Marimekko dresses at once in 1960, and the brand has gone from strength to strength ever since, with its beloved archival prints reimagined in recent collections that have found a new generation of fans around the world.
Marimekko’s newest collection takes inspiration from the winter landscapes of exotic Lapland, with folkloric silhouettes, vivid hues and the bold prints Marimekko is renowned for. Metallic colours and rich fabrics such as velvet and silk impart a sense of festivity and abundance to the everyday, reinvigorating the vision that began in 1951 with a contemporary twist.
Many of the fabrics have been printed in Marimekko’s own textile mill in Helsinki, which acts as a creative incubator for the brand as it expands from fashion into lifestyle, with soft furnishings, homewares fabrics and accessories now among the designs that comprise the Marimekko universe.
1. Marimekko Riigu Kissapöllö top, $350; Ilmeniitti Solid pants, $295. 2. Valoa coat dress, $650. 3. Karla bag, $350. 4. Marka Gold leather sneakers, $295. 5. Unikko sweater dress, $450. Shop the collection at marimekko.com.
From left: Marimekko Riigu Kissapöllö top, $350; Livli Kissapöllö skirt, 495. Miija Korpikuusi dress, $450; Silvi Kissapöllö scarf, $175.