The official 70th anniversary publication by Marimekko, celebrating the classic design collaborations, pattern designs and vibrant textiles from the much-loved Finnish lifestyle design house.

Finnish for 'Mary's dress', Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia. Going against the restrictive fashion of the period, it produced flowing dresses in abstract patterns and vibrant colours, which remain the house's signature to this day. Over the last eight decades, Marimekko's artists have created some 3,500 designs, which have graced clothing, bags, accessories, ceramics, bedding, fabric, and more. Blending archival photographs and advertisements with modern campaign imagery as well as newly commissioned photography, Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking tells the story of the house's most iconic designs. Four distinct sections guide the reader through the Marimekko philosophy and lifestyle, via its factory in Herttoniemi, where fabrics have been created from the very beginning, on to a rich sourcebook of pattern and finally to the brand's ultra-sustainable, super-creative future. In 'Art of Printmaking', follow the making of the iconic Unikko (poppy) print, its multiple variants and colourways, and discover how an initial idea evolves from sketch to dress, through colour trials and printing table. Learn Marimekko's unique 'Language of Pattern', through in-depth explorations of its iconic patterns, interspersed with the themes - floral, minimalistic, architectural - that make up Marimekko's vivid lexicon. In 'Making Marimekko' and 'Marimekko Next', discover the past, present, and future of this creative powerhouse, in the voices of its own creative talents. Dive into the exhilarating tale of Marimekko's success and an unstoppable whirlwind of breath-taking imagery. With 372 illustrations in colour


ISBN13: 9780500023983
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 6 May 2021
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 30.5(H) x 25.5(L)1900
Weight (gm): 1900

Author Biography

Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle and design house, celebrated worldwide for its lively, original prints and products. Laird Borelli-Persson is Archive Editor at Vogue.com and author of seven books, including Fashion Illustration Now and Fashion Illustration Next, both published by Thames & Hudson.


'Brilliant' - Daily Mail
'Laird Borrelli-Persson ... stitches together a compelling history of the design house that will appeal both to fans of the brand and anyone interested in modern textiles' - Homes & Interiors
'This substantial appraisal will delight fans ... an unashamedly joyous homage to the brand that always raises a smile' - World of Interiors
Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking

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