The winning Luminarja design in another color pattern.
The winning Luminarja design in another color pattern.
Inspired by nature, this design still highlights the vibrant colors that are characteristic of Marimekko.
Inspired by nature, this design still highlights the vibrant colors that are characteristic of Marimekko.
We featured this pattern in our makeover of a small space on The Nate Berkus Show this past October.
We featured this pattern in our makeover of a small space on The Nate Berkus Show this past October.
Hirvi's natural inspirations are clear in the floral motif of the Kissanminttu fabric.
Hirvi's natural inspirations are clear in the floral motif of the Kissanminttu fabric.
The Kumina design was also featured in the Dwell and Marimekko Contest, though not in this blue colorway.
The Kumina design was also featured in the Dwell and Marimekko Contest, though not in this blue colorway.
The Lumimarja print by Marimekko.
The Lumimarja print by Marimekko.
Marimekko designer Erja Hirvi on Finnish Design:

The purity and functionality reflect the modest nature of Finnish people. Our design icons are not fancy or unnecessary. And there are a lot of reflections from nature and the way of living with nature.Marimekko is inspired by nature, but it is also a bit one-of-a-kind. Marimekko brings Finland’s location between east and west together beautifully into the prints
Marimekko designer Erja Hirvi on Finnish Design: The purity and functionality reflect the modest nature of Finnish people. Our design icons are not fancy or unnecessary. And there are a lot of reflections from nature and the way of living with nature.Marimekko is inspired by nature, but it is also a bit one-of-a-kind. Marimekko brings Finland’s location between east and west together beautifully into the prints
Toronto Westend Humber Bay

Torento, Ontario

Derek Cameron
Toronto Westend Humber Bay Torento, Ontario Derek Cameron
A Brooklyn Sunset

Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Gu
A Brooklyn Sunset Brooklyn, New York Christopher Gu
October 27, 2010

Charlottesville, Virginia

Steve Taylor
October 27, 2010 Charlottesville, Virginia Steve Taylor
Table Mountain from the Waterfront shot by Lee-Ann Schmidt in Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain from the Waterfront shot by Lee-Ann Schmidt in Cape Town, South Africa.
Reflection

San Francisco, California

Basile Kuo
Reflection San Francisco, California Basile Kuo
Beautiful Skies through Ruins

Detroit, Michigan

Annmarie Roche
Beautiful Skies through Ruins Detroit, Michigan Annmarie Roche
Oh, L.A.

Los Angeles, California

James Sanderson
Oh, L.A. Los Angeles, California James Sanderson
Capitol Hill

Seattle, Washington

Hans Osheim
Capitol Hill Seattle, Washington Hans Osheim
Rooftops of Fez

Fez, Morocco

George Robert Horninig
Rooftops of Fez Fez, Morocco George Robert Horninig
abandoned home along highway between Carlsbad, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas
abandoned home along highway between Carlsbad, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas
224

Toronto, Ontario

Heather Hanrahan
224 Toronto, Ontario Heather Hanrahan
The Charm of the Old Town shot by Henry Gu in Lijiang, China.
The Charm of the Old Town shot by Henry Gu in Lijiang, China.
Oslo Opera House Rorschach

Olso, Norway

Adam Florence
Oslo Opera House Rorschach Olso, Norway Adam Florence
Commune North shot by Julie Arbagey in New York, New York.
Commune North shot by Julie Arbagey in New York, New York.
Brooklyn Bridge shot by Gary Swanson in New York, New York.
Brooklyn Bridge shot by Gary Swanson in New York, New York.
All the World's a Blur shot by Jamie Yeo in Newcastle, Australia.
All the World's a Blur shot by Jamie Yeo in Newcastle, Australia.
The Second City

Chicago, Illinois

Josh Parker
The Second City Chicago, Illinois Josh Parker
Green Wall, NYC shot by Loren Madsen in New York, New York.
Green Wall, NYC shot by Loren Madsen in New York, New York.
I Cover the World 

Submitted by Anne Herlihy

Designer's Statement:

"My design encompasses Santiago Calatrava, Gustav Klimt, Tulips, diamonds and the Swiss flag as visual reference points for each of the 5 cities."
I Cover the World Submitted by Anne Herlihy Designer's Statement: "My design encompasses Santiago Calatrava, Gustav Klimt, Tulips, diamonds and the Swiss flag as visual reference points for each of the 5 cities."
The City Is...

Submitted by Marek Hosek

Designer's Statement:

"My inspiration was to take some elements of what each city has to offer and make a typographic design. Each city has it's own sentence which is repeated on the case in it's own defined color. Example, Vienna is...... Zurich is.... From afar, the names of each city are easily recognized, as the viewer gets closer, they realize they can read about some interesting points of each city. The case works not only as a design element but an informational piece. The description of each city can be easily altered to be an interesting point about any city, or an informational description. Design is shown in colors, but can easily work in Black, white and gray for a more masculine look."
The City Is... Submitted by Marek Hosek Designer's Statement: "My inspiration was to take some elements of what each city has to offer and make a typographic design. Each city has it's own sentence which is repeated on the case in it's own defined color. Example, Vienna is...... Zurich is.... From afar, the names of each city are easily recognized, as the viewer gets closer, they realize they can read about some interesting points of each city. The case works not only as a design element but an informational piece. The description of each city can be easily altered to be an interesting point about any city, or an informational description. Design is shown in colors, but can easily work in Black, white and gray for a more masculine look."
Modern Noir

Submitted by Richard Chritz

Designer's statement:

"I love the style of graphic novels. I think they are an important part of modern day art, so initially I was going for a high contrast black & white design. Nothing to me is more iconic of a city as it's skyline. So I stuck to a simple imitation of each city. Afterwards I saw it needed the city names still and some color, so I went with a colorful "branding" in the bottom. I feel overall it fits a European vibe."
Modern Noir Submitted by Richard Chritz Designer's statement: "I love the style of graphic novels. I think they are an important part of modern day art, so initially I was going for a high contrast black & white design. Nothing to me is more iconic of a city as it's skyline. So I stuck to a simple imitation of each city. Afterwards I saw it needed the city names still and some color, so I went with a colorful "branding" in the bottom. I feel overall it fits a European vibe."
Coolcapitals Skyline

Submitted by Diane Lee

Designer's Statement:

"Each of the 5 cities have such unique and rich cultural histories. I was inspired to create a "CoolCapitals Skyline" consisting of famous buildings from each capital. I carefully chose buildings that represent not only the city's architecture but also its history, arts, music and religion: Rijksmuseum--Amsterdam, The Grote Markt--Antwerp, Escola Pia--Valencia, Burgtheater--Vienna, Fraumünster--Zürich. The skyline of these beautiful and historic buildings are contrasted with simple, clean lines and text. My goal was to convey a complementary combination of old world and modern design elements."
Coolcapitals Skyline Submitted by Diane Lee Designer's Statement: "Each of the 5 cities have such unique and rich cultural histories. I was inspired to create a "CoolCapitals Skyline" consisting of famous buildings from each capital. I carefully chose buildings that represent not only the city's architecture but also its history, arts, music and religion: Rijksmuseum--Amsterdam, The Grote Markt--Antwerp, Escola Pia--Valencia, Burgtheater--Vienna, Fraumünster--Zürich. The skyline of these beautiful and historic buildings are contrasted with simple, clean lines and text. My goal was to convey a complementary combination of old world and modern design elements."
Cool with a Capital "C"

Submitted by Giuseppe Saltarelli

Designer's Statement:

"The slogan “Cool with a Capital C” and my custom made font illustration dictated the style of the design. After that the challenge was to take something from each Capital and make it work together. For Amsterdam I went with their signature bicycle, for Antwerp it was the diamonds they are famous for, Valencia, I chose to go with the Bull, for Vienna where Mozart came from and is the music capital of the World I went with the Treble Clef and finally for Zürich I decided to add circle spots which represents the Swiss cheese holes and/or pieces of chocolate. The choice of colour was another challenge where I wanted to go with a feminine colour that men would not be embarrassed with. I think it worked."
Cool with a Capital "C" Submitted by Giuseppe Saltarelli Designer's Statement: "The slogan “Cool with a Capital C” and my custom made font illustration dictated the style of the design. After that the challenge was to take something from each Capital and make it work together. For Amsterdam I went with their signature bicycle, for Antwerp it was the diamonds they are famous for, Valencia, I chose to go with the Bull, for Vienna where Mozart came from and is the music capital of the World I went with the Treble Clef and finally for Zürich I decided to add circle spots which represents the Swiss cheese holes and/or pieces of chocolate. The choice of colour was another challenge where I wanted to go with a feminine colour that men would not be embarrassed with. I think it worked."
Frequent Flyer Badges

Submitted by Francis Dempster

Designer's Statement:

"My inspiration was the design of luggage tags and shipping stickers, especially vintage labels. I felt that the variety of stickers allowed me to reference each city, in addition to the process of traveling itself. Considering the shape of an iPhone or Blackberry, I felt that it would be very exciting to recreate the look of a traveler's bag as it made it through the 5 cool capitals. This design will really come to life as it wraps around a phone."
Frequent Flyer Badges Submitted by Francis Dempster Designer's Statement: "My inspiration was the design of luggage tags and shipping stickers, especially vintage labels. I felt that the variety of stickers allowed me to reference each city, in addition to the process of traveling itself. Considering the shape of an iPhone or Blackberry, I felt that it would be very exciting to recreate the look of a traveler's bag as it made it through the 5 cool capitals. This design will really come to life as it wraps around a phone."
Five Capitals

Submitted by Palina Klimava

Designer's Statement:

"The inspiration for this design was architecture in the five European capitals: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna and Zurich. There is nothing more relaxing and inspiring than a walk in a little street, along a canal, river or a crowded plaza in a European capital. The architecture is full of little details, stories and soul and gives each city its unique atmosphere and beauty. Each capital has its own flavor and character, which always leads to rich memories, new experiences and excitement."
Five Capitals Submitted by Palina Klimava Designer's Statement: "The inspiration for this design was architecture in the five European capitals: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna and Zurich. There is nothing more relaxing and inspiring than a walk in a little street, along a canal, river or a crowded plaza in a European capital. The architecture is full of little details, stories and soul and gives each city its unique atmosphere and beauty. Each capital has its own flavor and character, which always leads to rich memories, new experiences and excitement."

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