Marimekko

A Mass Customizable Textile Design


Marimekko’s fashion and textile designs from the 1970s captured the free spirit and funky aesthetic of the decade with bold yet simple organic forms. The Finnish company’s approach to design also reflected interest in a youth culture which questioned conformity and authority. Marimekko famously blurred the lines of gendered fashion systems. The company also challenged traditional design methods, adjusting their approach to allow for mass customization.
Pentti Rinta, Marimekko, 1970s, mass customization

Designing by Hand with Marimekko


This past week Cooper-Hewitt kicked off Design by Hand, a special program running from fall 2013 through spring 2017, sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. This exciting new series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations, and merits of contemporary global designers. Workshops and talks connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design.
Marimekko, education, design by hand, textiles, inspiration
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My Marimekko Moment


Melooni is a large-scale design made of concentric ovals in orange, fuchsia, black, and purple on a red ground. It is produced by screen printing on cotton fabric. The Melooni pattern was designed for Marimekko in 1963 by designer Maija Isola, who created 533 designs for Marimekko over the course of her thirty-eight year career. Isola studied as a painter and her designs have a painterly quality about them that is bold, intense, and enthusiastic.
National Design Awards, Jane Thompson, Marimekko, Design Research Company

2010 National Design Awards: Lifetime Achievement - Jane Thompson


Jane Thompson is an editor, designer, and planner, who, for six decades, has explored how design relates to all of us. As founding editor of I.D. magazine, Thompson became a critical voice in design, providing a strong female perspective in a male-dominated field.
National Design Awards, 2010, Jane Thompson, Ben Thompson, Design Research, Marimekko, ID Magazine, Faneuil Hall, lifetime achievement

Recounting The Genesis of Design Research


On September 21, Cooper-Hewitt and Chronicle Books celebrated the publication of Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes, by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange.
Design Research, store, postwar, emporium, Boston, Chronicle Books, publication, Jane Thompson, panel, Rob Forbes, Glen Senk, public, Urban Outfitters, Jenna Lyons, J Crew, retail, customer, experience, vintage, Marimekko