October 17, 2012

Marimekko: In Patterns

Can't wait to show you this one. It's from Frankfurt as well. My friend S directed me to the Marimekko store. And there - I knew it before -  I just couldn't resist: It's so beautiful. 244 pages full of colour and patterns! Just to name a few of the Marimekko designers, you'll find inside: Maija Louekari, Aino-Maija Metsola, Kristina Isola (Do you see the pattern with the green and black trees below? It's by her and called "Forest Folk"), Annika Rimala, Jenni Tuominen.

This is what Marimekko writes about:
"In Patterns: Marimekko, published by WSOY, explores the colourful history and present of the design house in a new way, showcasing Marimekko’s design gems and their creators from the early trendsetters to the masters of today. The book’s rich imagery illustrates the decades of Marimekko’s patterns and how a sketch turns into a printed fabric. Additionally, the book takes a closer look at the ideas of the designers through introductions of Marimekko’s “mothers” and interviews with the younger generation. The editors of the book are Maria Härkäpää, Sami Sykkö, Annukka Arjavirta and Minna Kemell-Kutvonen."

You can pick up a copy (in English or Finnish) at Marimekko stores and selected distributors for Marimekko and WSOY. It isn't available neither via the Marimekko or WSOY website nor via amazon (at the moment). Here you'll find your nearest Marimekko store. And over there you can browse their current magazine for some autumn news.

(In Patterns: Marimekko, WSOY 2012, €39.00)

Pssst: I think about carefully cutting out some pages to frame them - it's a real conflict, can't "destroy" this wonderful book, do I have to buy a second one?!!


  1. Eingerahmt machst du dem Buch doch noch mehr Ehre! :o)

  2. It looks wonderful, this book. I never get tired of Marimekko's beautiful patterns. I wouldn't cut out some pages, though - buy another one and you will have nice pictures to frame for the rest of your life :)

    1. All the patterns are so beautiful and the store is so far away ... ;-)

  3. Have you seen The Fir Tree by HC Andersen illustrated by Sanna Annukka - she's designed for Marimekko but is now using her design skills for this illustrated picture book.

    1. Thank you, Zoe, for this tip! I didn't know about it and just discovered The Fir Tree on her website. The preview looks great - and accidentally it will be published TODAY!

  4. All those talented woman designers! Proud to be a Finnish!

  5. Beautiful books, wonderful illustrations. Best of luck to you.

  6. This Marimekko book will definately be at my wish list! So wonderful. I can't tell you, what to do, but I couldn't cut pages out...
    All the best from Sophie

  7. Let me just say that this book was definitely an impulse purchase. I stopped by a local shop and snapped up their last copy.

    As a related side note, PIE Books in Japan will be releasing a book about Maija Isola.


    The publishers announced, however, that the English-language version won't be available until next spring...

  8. I wish to have it so badly! In the stores in NL , I don't see they have it, but I will keep looking. Thank you. I will cut and frame, you can enjoy looking at it all the time :-)

  9. Hi, I am in charge of international market of PIE BOOKS in Tokyo, Japan.
    I have came across to this post and comments when I was googling for Maija Isola and Marimekko.
    It's been a while so I suppose you've already knew but just to let you know that our English edition of Maija Isola book is now available in Europe and in the US.

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