Started as an anti-fashion movement in post-war Finland, Marimekko is now one of the most recognized printmaking design houses in the world. Fascinating us with bold prints and colors, Marimekko means “Mari’s dress”, a statement for confident women to express themselves with the brand’s vibrant patterns. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the brand will not only continue to combine fashion, handbags, and accessories, as well as home decor, into an expression of joyful living, but they will also be introducing a range of new, exciting projects.
The first collection for 2021 was created under Marimekko’s latest young creatives collaboration project – Marimekko co-create. Created in hands with award-winning Finnish designers Antti Kekki and Matts Bjolin, The Art of Printmaking collection is one of four capsule collections this year. Featuring new canvas bags made from recycled, leftover materials from the Marimekko’s Helsinki printing factory, the collection also includes other cotton poplin items such as the sailor-collar Nelikulmio dress in the new Kiila (wedge) print and the Kuuluminen shirt dress in the Taifuuni print by Maija Isola (1968).
Secondly, Marimekko and Thames & Hudson will be publishing a 272-page collectible book by Laird Borelli-Persoon on Marimekko’s art of printmaking in May 2021. Marimekko’s online print library, Maripedia, will also be opening its archives to the public, with more than 3,500 prints to be showcased along with the birth stories of 365 prints.