Shots from Dwell Magazine's visit to Helsinki
Designers Maija Louekari's Lappuliisa fabric is cut and rolled into bolts.
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,...
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...
The more complex the design and the more colors used, the more plates—and hands (up to four professionals at a...
The printing machine moves fabric forward automatically, even though workers spread the inks across the plates by hand.
Each color is printed through its own color-specific, stencil-like plate.
Next, the textile printing machine is readied.
The inks are stored in plastic wrap–covered buckets, which prevents a thick, top layer from forming.
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...
Next, the screens are made, and the designer chooses the color tones.
After printing, the fabric is transferred to the steaming machine, where steam heated to 219 degrees Fahrenheit fastens...
The Marimekko factory prints nearly 6,500 yards of fabric each day.
In the color-selection room, Taina Tiilikainen thumbs through swatches to help designers pick the perfect...
Studio member Eri Shimatsuka (left) and studio manager Petri Juslin (right) compare a first fabric proof to the...