Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture

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Founded in 1951 by visionary textile designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo, the Marimekko Corporation in Finland not only sparked a revolution in pattern making but also pioneered a new definition of fashion that embraced the entire home environment. This book presents more than one hundred examples of the exuberant Marimekko fashions and home furnishings that gave the company a definitive presence on the world design stage.

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Overview

Founded in 1951 by visionary textile designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo, the Marimekko Corporation in Finland not only sparked a revolution in pattern making but also pioneered a new definition of fashion that embraced the entire home environment. This book presents more than one hundred examples of the exuberant Marimekko fashions and home furnishings that gave the company a definitive presence on the world design stage.

The book considers the history of the company from its founding through today and examines Marimekko’s impact on design in Finland and around the world. The company’s most important designers, including Maija Isola and Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, their contributions, and their stylistic development are also discussed. In addition, the book examines Marimekko home and office interiors and how they reflected the lifestyle envisioned in Armi Ratia’s broad, radical definition of fashion.

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Diverse, innovative, and visionary are the words that best describe Marimekko, the international textile design corporation founded in 1951 by Finnish designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo. This fascinating book gives us a 50-plus-year retrospective of the company's history, products, and the creations most notably associated with the pop and mod designs of the 1960s. It is the result of an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and is a collaborative effort between the Bard Graduate Center and the Design Museum of Finland. Its colorful illustrations and photographs (300 color, 85 b&w) highlight the fashion, home furnishings, and bags of notable Finnish designers who have been associated with Marimekko over the years, all of whose works reflect organic and geometric shapes in bold, festive patterns. Each of the chapters includes brief notes and bibliographic information on the designers and their works. A checklist for the exhibition, a chronology of the company, and brief biographies of major designers conclude the book. This catalog would make a welcome addition to collections focusing on design, decorative arts, and fashion.-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300189339
  • Publisher: Bard Graduate Center for Studies
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 703,766
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Aav was director of the Design Museum, Finland, until her death in 2011.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Introduction 14
1 Armi Ratia and the Duality of a Design Enterprise 18
2 Textile Patterns in an International Context: Precursors, Contemporaries, and Successors 44
3 Fashion: Individuality and Industry 84
4 The Marimekko Vision of Architecture and Interiors 118
5 Thoughts on the International Reception of Marimekko 148
6 Various Causes of Corporate Success 172
7 Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture 196
Selected Biographies of Marimekko Designers 294
Checklist of the Exhibition 310
Corporate Chronology 324
Selected List of Marimekko Designers, 1950-2003 327
Bibliography 328
Index 332
Contributors' page 336
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