Summer stories


Waiting for summer is almost as nice as actually living it! Look at a picture from a summer long gone and you are instantly taken back in time.
The pictures we have collected here take us through decades of Marimekko design. This summer, designs from those bygone years meet new shapes, patterns and colours in homes and wardrobes around the world.

1964


Unikko print

Maija Isola's classic pattern was born in 1964 after Armi Ratia, Marimekko's founder, had announced that Marimekko would never print a floral pattern. Maija refused to obey Armi's orders and, in the spirit of the 1960s rebellion, designed a very modern and abstract image of a flower. In the summer collection, Unikko (poppy) appears on new kinds of solid-coloured bath textiles.


2017


Ojakellukka print

Set the table with a blooming new print! Aino-Maija Metsola created the Ojakellukka (water avens) pattern by cutting shapes of different plants out of paper and putting the pieces together as a colourful burst of flowers – just like a real midsummer bouquet. 


2009


Oiva tableware

In 2009, Marimekko introduced a range of tableware designed by Sami Ruotsalainen. The well-thought-out shapes of Oiva (superb) invite you to enjoy good company around the table. Every day, year after year. The Oiva tableware comes in a variety of patterns – for a colourful, summery setting, choose Aino-Maija Metsola's Ojakellukka.


1972


Matkuri bag
Matkuri (traveller) was designed by Marimekko's founder Armi Ratia's son Ristomatti Ratia in 1972. But first there was Peruskassi (basic bag), a simple open tote, big enough to carry just about anything. One day, Ristomatti was travelling home with his fully packed Peruskassi when the bag tipped over and his belongings scattered all over the floor. Annoyed by the incident, he redesigned the bag, adding a zipper and a flap into the brim.