Interview: Minna Kemell-Kutvonen and Sami Ruotsalainen

Two Marimekko creatives discuss the brand's learning culture and their latest "weather diary" collection

As the Helsinki-based brand gears up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Unikko (poppy) print, Marimekko is still very much the prolific and relevant design house that it was when it was founded by Viljo and Armi Ratiain in 1951. The brand was launched in an effort to combat and revitalize the dull palette that characterized post-World War II Finland, so painters and …

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Marimekko celebrates their 60 years with a DIY book and crowd-sourced exhibit in Milan

Over the past 60 years Finnish brand Marimekko has splashed their colorful patterns on everything from sneakers to computer mice, spreading their vision of “happiness, colors and relationships” around the world. Founder Armi Rata once said, “I always wanted to gather people to get them to know each other, enrich their experience and take advantage from this knowledge.” A riff on this collaborative premise, the …

Converse and Marimekko

A playful marriage of Finnish patterns and classic American sneakers

Unveiling a new model, reissue and pitch-perfect collaboration, Converse’s triple-threat announcement today builds on the brand’s commitment to making everyday sportswear with playfully wearable style. For their spring collection, Converse partnered with Marimekko, sourcing patterns—the colorful Tarha (1963) and the looping scaly Pikkusuomu (1965) by Annika Rimala and the tiny triangles of the Kirppu (1980) by Maija and Kristina Isola—from the Finnish textile house’s archives. …