When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unconventional designs transformed the tradition of textile printing and clothing in Finland. Meet the Marimekko Designers Minna Kemell-Kutvonen and Sami Ruotsalainen and take a peek behind the scenes at Marimekko’s in-house printing factory, where the cotton fabrics for the Marimekko for Microsoft Surface collection were printed.
In 2003, Maija won a design competition organized by the Aalto University of Art and Design & Marimekko. Maija is inspired by small things and observations one can make of the everyday life and other people. Image: Toni Rosvall.
Maija Isola – Print Designer
During her remarkable career Maija designed over 500 patterns, including the iconic Unikko. She drew inspiration from traditional folk art and modern visual art as well as from the nature and traveling. Image: Asko Tolonen / Design Museum, Helsinki.
Sami Ruotsalainen – Senior Designer
Sami graduated from Aalto University of Art and Design in 2005 and is an expert in ceramic, product design and glassware. His design approach combines precision with a delicate feeling for materials and form. Image: Kerttu Malinen.
Minna Kemell-Kutvonen – Design & Product Development Director – Home Products & Prints
Minna completed her Masters of Arts degree at the Aalto University of Art and Design in 2005. She is fascinated by Marimekko’s unique use of colors and is constantly looking for new ways of expressing them. Image: Kerttu Malinen.
Marimekko for Microsoft Surface
Microsoft Surface and Marimekko both favor a bold, determined approach that celebrates individual expression and creating without limits. Now, we’re excited to share our vibrant new collection with you.
Unikko (poppy) was born in 1964 after Armi Ratia, Marimekko’s founder, had announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern. Designer Maija Isola refused to obey Armi’s orders and – in protest – created an entire series of gorgeous floral prints. One of them, Unikko, has become a story of creativity, strength, courage, and faith in oneself.
Siirtolapuutarha (city garden) is Maija Louekari’s brilliant line drawing which tells a tale of a journey from a bustling city to a lush city garden overflowing with flowers and vegetables.
Remember the stripy rugs made by using odd scraps of fabric common in the mid-20th century? They’re still popular today on the floors of Finnish summer cottages. Maija Louekari’s Räsymatto pattern translates this nostalgic, yet functional rug in a quirky, modern way.
The inspiration for the classic Kaivo (well) pattern came to Maija Isola in 1964, as she dropped a bucket into a well and watched ripples form on the water surface.