In the home of Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam, her child's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.
In the home of Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam, her child's room features Maija & Kristina Isola's Sola bedding for Marimekko.
Designers Maija Louekari's Lappuliisa fabric is cut and rolled into bolts. Follow us as we step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.
Designers Maija Louekari's Lappuliisa fabric is cut and rolled into bolts. Follow us as we step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.
Siirtolapuutarha Bag
This heavyweight cotton tote bag features the stylized flower Pieni Siirtolapuutarha (Small City Garden) print. It measures 17” x 16”.
Siirtolapuutarha Bag This heavyweight cotton tote bag features the stylized flower Pieni Siirtolapuutarha (Small City Garden) print. It measures 17” x 16”.
Piccolo Mini Manual
Piccolo Mini Manual
Veera Pikku Rotti Bag
A heavyweight cotton canvas bag with a zip top closure in the Pikku Rötti (Little Rötti) print. It has an adjustable, removable shoulder strap, handles; measures 16” wide x 13” tall x 2” deep.
Veera Pikku Rotti Bag A heavyweight cotton canvas bag with a zip top closure in the Pikku Rötti (Little Rötti) print. It has an adjustable, removable shoulder strap, handles; measures 16” wide x 13” tall x 2” deep.
Uusi Mini Matkuri Bag
The Perfect Mate. Whether you’re on foot or two wheels, use the durable Mini Matkuri tote bag for work, shopping or exploring. It has a top zip closure, sturdy shoulder straps, and its three interior pockets keeps small items organized. It easily holds a tablet and camera; an extra layer of canvas reinforces the bottom. Made of 100% heavyweight cotton canvas.
Uusi Mini Matkuri Bag The Perfect Mate. Whether you’re on foot or two wheels, use the durable Mini Matkuri tote bag for work, shopping or exploring. It has a top zip closure, sturdy shoulder straps, and its three interior pockets keeps small items organized. It easily holds a tablet and camera; an extra layer of canvas reinforces the bottom. Made of 100% heavyweight cotton canvas.
Milla Scarf
This Sähäkkä (Saucy) print scarf is made of lightweight cotton voile. It measures 51” square.
Milla Scarf This Sähäkkä (Saucy) print scarf is made of lightweight cotton voile. It measures 51” square.
Pal Bag 
Vacation Ready. Use the sporty Pal bag everyday or on mini-adventures like bird watching or site seeing. It has an adjustable shoulder strap and two of the three exterior pockets have zip closures. Inside there are reinforced seams and a zip pocket. Made of 100% polyamide.
Pal Bag Vacation Ready. Use the sporty Pal bag everyday or on mini-adventures like bird watching or site seeing. It has an adjustable shoulder strap and two of the three exterior pockets have zip closures. Inside there are reinforced seams and a zip pocket. Made of 100% polyamide.
Block Scarf
Made of lightweight woven wool, this scarf of different color bands features raw cut end edges. It measures 27.5” x 71”.
Block Scarf Made of lightweight woven wool, this scarf of different color bands features raw cut end edges. It measures 27.5” x 71”.
Räsymatto bedding by Marimekko in the studio is complemented by a green Anglepoise lamp from Sydney boutique Planet Furniture.
Räsymatto bedding by Marimekko in the studio is complemented by a green Anglepoise lamp from Sydney boutique Planet Furniture.
A river breeze flows up and down Fung and Blatt’s canyon street predictably at 4 p.m., cooling the house. In the master bedroom, Blatt and Téa take advantage of the cross-ventilation. The bed is from IKEA; the sheets are a Marimekko reissue from Crate &Barrel.
A river breeze flows up and down Fung and Blatt’s canyon street predictably at 4 p.m., cooling the house. In the master bedroom, Blatt and Téa take advantage of the cross-ventilation. The bed is from IKEA; the sheets are a Marimekko reissue from Crate &Barrel.
In another New York City spot, the chaise lounge is Fresco, the pillows are Marimekko, the rug is from Urban Outfitters, and the coffee table is vintage. Lampe Gras lights illuminate an artwork by Sally Wanless.
In another New York City spot, the chaise lounge is Fresco, the pillows are Marimekko, the rug is from Urban Outfitters, and the coffee table is vintage. Lampe Gras lights illuminate an artwork by Sally Wanless.
In the master bedroom, a Mandal bed from Ikea is draped with a Tuuli duvet cover by Marimekko.
In the master bedroom, a Mandal bed from Ikea is draped with a Tuuli duvet cover by Marimekko.
Made from Tasmanian oak, the bunk beds, covered in Kivet duvets by Marimekko, can accommodate four.
Made from Tasmanian oak, the bunk beds, covered in Kivet duvets by Marimekko, can accommodate four.
The main living room is an open-plan space with an integrated kitchen and dining area. The table, made by Taylor and shrouded in Marimekko, is outfitted with blue Tripp Trapp adjustable children's chairs by Stokke; the striped rug is from Ikea.
The main living room is an open-plan space with an integrated kitchen and dining area. The table, made by Taylor and shrouded in Marimekko, is outfitted with blue Tripp Trapp adjustable children's chairs by Stokke; the striped rug is from Ikea.
The girls’ narrow bedroom gets natural light from a single window. White paint and furniture (accented with Marimekko print linens) keep the space feeling bright.
The girls’ narrow bedroom gets natural light from a single window. White paint and furniture (accented with Marimekko print linens) keep the space feeling bright.
Workers in the on-site sewing area prepare textiles to become linens, bags, and more.
Workers in the on-site sewing area prepare textiles to become linens, bags, and more.
If the fabric passes, it is cut and rolled into bolts, ready for displaying in stores or turning into garments, bags, cushions, tablecloths, and other Marimekko products.
If the fabric passes, it is cut and rolled into bolts, ready for displaying in stores or turning into garments, bags, cushions, tablecloths, and other Marimekko products.
Here, another inspector checks a length of Pieni Unikko fabric.
Here, another inspector checks a length of Pieni Unikko fabric.
Next, Marimekko’s quality inspectors, some who have worked at the company for more than 30 years, hand-inspect and grade the fabric. Theirs is a meticulous task: There can be only four small errors over 16 yards of fabric.
Next, Marimekko’s quality inspectors, some who have worked at the company for more than 30 years, hand-inspect and grade the fabric. Theirs is a meticulous task: There can be only four small errors over 16 yards of fabric.
The more complex the design and the more colors used, the more plates—and hands (up to four professionals at a time)—are required to run the 80-foot-long printer.
The more complex the design and the more colors used, the more plates—and hands (up to four professionals at a time)—are required to run the 80-foot-long printer.
The printing machine moves fabric forward automatically, even though workers spread the inks across the plates by hand. No computers are needed to determine the right quantity.
The printing machine moves fabric forward automatically, even though workers spread the inks across the plates by hand. No computers are needed to determine the right quantity.
Each color is printed through its own color-specific, stencil-like plate.
Each color is printed through its own color-specific, stencil-like plate.
Next, the textile printing machine is readied. Here, Jan Möller takes a ready screen for the iconic Unikko fabric to be placed on the machine.
Next, the textile printing machine is readied. Here, Jan Möller takes a ready screen for the iconic Unikko fabric to be placed on the machine.
The inks are stored in plastic wrap–covered buckets, which prevents a thick, top layer from forming. Each day, the color kitchen prepares hundreds of pounds of ink for the hues needed for the following day’s printing. “Thanks to having our own facilities, we can react quickly to sales,” Salmi says.
The inks are stored in plastic wrap–covered buckets, which prevents a thick, top layer from forming. Each day, the color kitchen prepares hundreds of pounds of ink for the hues needed for the following day’s printing. “Thanks to having our own facilities, we can react quickly to sales,” Salmi says.
The color kitchen, where inks are made, is located in an open area as the inks are non-toxic and odorless.
The color kitchen, where inks are made, is located in an open area as the inks are non-toxic and odorless.
The recipe for each color is attached to its corresponding fabric swatch, and after the designer chooses the right combination, the recipes are sent to the color kitchen. Some colors, such as beige and gray tones, are more difficult to produce than others; turquoise is notorious for sticking poorly to fabrics. “We have our trade secrets that ensure that the colors work,” says Anu-Mari Salmi, the production manager.
The recipe for each color is attached to its corresponding fabric swatch, and after the designer chooses the right combination, the recipes are sent to the color kitchen. Some colors, such as beige and gray tones, are more difficult to produce than others; turquoise is notorious for sticking poorly to fabrics. “We have our trade secrets that ensure that the colors work,” says Anu-Mari Salmi, the production manager.
Next, the screens are made, and the designer chooses the color tones. In a room next to the printing machines, a locker with narrow drawers holds numerous pieces of neatly stacked, colorful fabrics.
Next, the screens are made, and the designer chooses the color tones. In a room next to the printing machines, a locker with narrow drawers holds numerous pieces of neatly stacked, colorful fabrics.
After printing, the fabric is transferred to the steaming machine, where steam heated to 219 degrees Fahrenheit fastens the color to the fabric, ensuring durability and brightness. Next, the textiles go through washing in 203-degree water to shrink them down to their final sizes. A finishing machine applies any additional treatments, like softener, to the washed fabric. Here, the colors of Katsuji Wakisaka’s Green Green fabric are fastened to the cloth.
After printing, the fabric is transferred to the steaming machine, where steam heated to 219 degrees Fahrenheit fastens the color to the fabric, ensuring durability and brightness. Next, the textiles go through washing in 203-degree water to shrink them down to their final sizes. A finishing machine applies any additional treatments, like softener, to the washed fabric. Here, the colors of Katsuji Wakisaka’s Green Green fabric are fastened to the cloth.
The Marimekko factory prints nearly 6,500 yards of fabric each day. The company typically purchases its material, usually cotton, in 2,200- to 5,500-yard rolls or pallets from Germany, Peru, Turkey, and the Baltic nations. Flat screen–printing makes it possible to divide repeats in sections and create large-size patterns, from 24 inches to several yards long.
The Marimekko factory prints nearly 6,500 yards of fabric each day. The company typically purchases its material, usually cotton, in 2,200- to 5,500-yard rolls or pallets from Germany, Peru, Turkey, and the Baltic nations. Flat screen–printing makes it possible to divide repeats in sections and create large-size patterns, from 24 inches to several yards long.
In the color-selection room, Taina Tiilikainen thumbs through swatches to help designers pick the perfect combinations
In the color-selection room, Taina Tiilikainen thumbs through swatches to help designers pick the perfect combinations
Studio member Eri Shimatsuka (left) and studio manager Petri Juslin (right) compare a first fabric proof to the artist’s original drawing.
Studio member Eri Shimatsuka (left) and studio manager Petri Juslin (right) compare a first fabric proof to the artist’s original drawing.