Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking (Hardcover)

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Published on the 70th anniversary of the Marimekko brand, this book surveys the classic design collaborations, patterns, and vibrant textiles from the much-loved Finnish lifestyle design house

Marimekko held its first fashion show in 1951, where the clean lines and bright patterns made waves on the Scandinavian fashion scene. By 1960, Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing Marimekko, and the brand established itself as a global presence, frequently being featured in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Over the past seventy years, Marimekko has created some of the most distinctive patterns in the design industry. Drawing on the wealth of Marimekko’s archives, this volume showcases over one hundred iconic patterns and includes never-before-seen imagery.
Four distinct sections guide the reader from the Marimekko philosophy and lifestyle; to its printing factory in Herttoniemi, Finland; on to a rich sourcebook of pattern; and finally to the brand’s ultra-sustainable, super-creative future. In-depth case studies are included throughout, showing how Marimekko collaborates with designers to bring their patterns from sketchbook to final print, and the means by which they are manufactured, from sketchbook to screenprinted fabric. This fully illustrated brand history and design resource is essential reading for any lover of print and pattern.

About the Author

Laird Borrelli-Persson is archive editor at

Praise For…

“To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the beloved Finnish textile maker, this new book gives fans a look back at some of the brand’s biggest moments, a peek into the printmaking and patterns, and a preview of what the next 70 years might look like for the iconic company.”—Elle Décor

“The book is lush in photographs . . . You’ll certainly find something that catches your attention whether it be a print, a coloration, a piece of furniture, or just how this company has enjoyed a kind of popularity that few in any business can claim.”—Jeffrey Felner, New York Journal of Books

“Published to celebrate the lifestyle brand's 70th anniversary this year, [Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking charts] how the well-connected, media-savvy Ratia – and the highly individualistic artists she hand-picked to design for her ­– shaped the label's audacious aesthetic.—Dominic Luytens, BBC News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300259834
ISBN-10: 0300259832
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Pages: 272
Language: English