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Design Icon: Marimekko Unikko Pattern

by Maxwell Tielman


Design: Unikko Patern for Marimekko

Designer: Maija Isola (1927-2001)

Year: 1964

Country of Origin: Finland

Manufacturer: Marimekko

Fun Fact: Marimekko’s founder, Armi Ratia, wanted the company’s textile patterns to be bold and decidedly modern. As such, she famously forbade floral patterns from the company’s line of textiles—likely due to their old-fashioned and overtly feminine connotations. When Maija Isola designed the Unikko pattern, it was in direct defiance to this rule. The pattern proved that flowers could be both bold and modern—and it has become one of Marimekko’s top sellers and one of world’s most iconic patterns.

Purchase: $53/yard fabric at Marimekko

Further Reading: Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture by Marianne Aav

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.

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