Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Marimekko's Iconic Patterns


It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to bring hope and optimism to the country—in the form of brightly colored and boldly patterned fabrics and clothing. From the remnants of her husband Viljo’s oilcloth company, the couple launched Marimekko in 1951. Less than a decade later, Jackie Kennedy graced a December 1960 cover of Sports Illustrated in a pink Marimekko dress, and the company took off, gaining renown for its bright, modern, fashion-forward textiles and clothing. Here we take a look at some of Marimekko's most iconic and favorite patterns. Be sure to watch our Process slideshow that shows how these textiles are made.

Lumimarja, designed by Erja Hirvi in 2004, is one of Marimekko's best-selling textiles.
In 1964, Maija Isola designed Marimekko's most popular and most recognizable pattern in its collection.
The Pieni Unikko print has taken on all kinds of color combinations since it was unveiled nearly 50 years ago.
Though this colorful pattern, named Lappuliisa, was designed this year by artist Maija Louekari, we'd bet it's one...
Louekari has been a prolific Marimekko contributor in recent years.
In 2009 she designed this Siirtolapuutarha pattern, which has been put to many applications.
Here, Louekari's Siirtolapuutarha pattern appears on an eight-inch vitreous porcelain bowl.
Her Siirtolapuutarha Räsymatto pattern features a whimsical, off-kilter pattern of dots.
Here, the blue dots of Louekari's Siirtolapuutarha Räsymatto pattern brighten a white apron.
Designer Iiro A. Ahokas designed this Kirsikka pattern in 2007 inspired by cherries that had fallen to the ground.
Miina Äkkijyrkkä's 2008 pattern Iltavilli, which means wild in the evening, has been interpreted on fabric as well as...