NewsPRESS RELEASE 27.02.2013
"MARIMEKKO. DESIGN. FINLAND"
From February 28 exhibition of a well-known Finnish textile and clothing brand Marimekko – “Marimemkko. Design. Finland” will be open at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. The exhibition is open until the end of February.
The exhibition offers and insight to the company’s development and success story and introduces a closer look to the production. It is compiled of a large selection of Marimekko’s printed cotton fabrics, clothing and accessories. The exposition is thematically divided into different sections covering the different stages of Marimekko’s 60-year history staring from establishing, gaining international recognition until contemporary times and new era.
Marimekko is one of the success stories and backbones of Finland’s post-war design scene that was founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia who soon involved her husband Viljo Ratia. It became a progressive textile company with international scope that gained fame mainly with striking and bold fabric design, patterns became the essence of Marimekko. With these achievements Marimekko became to vary greatly both the design of fashion and of domestic environment.
Many designers have been involved in the creative process of Marimekko’s catchy and memorable fabrics starting with the legendary patterns designed by Vuokko Nurmesniemi and Maija Isola. Without exaggerating it can be stated that Marimekko has reached every Finnish home being also one of the best known textile and design brands in the Nordic countries having kept Finland among the stars of the design world. Marimekko’s fabulous design team has been able to successfully bring its unique vision and language into the fashion and design world.
Marimekko exhibition will be open from February 28 – April 28.
The exhibition has been compiled at the Design Museum Finland and is displayed in Tallinn in cooperation with the Finnish Institute.
Various open guided tours with artists and workshops will take place during the exhibition display period.
Curator and architect of the exhibition: Harri Kivilinna, Desgin Museum, Finland Näituse kuraator ja kujundaja: Harri Kivilinna, Disainimuuseum.
The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Institute, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Embassy in Estonia.