Jättikukka and Vesi Unikko from Marimekko

Jättikukka and Vesi Unikko from Marimekko

The new-in Jättikukka pattern from Marimekko is the rose-red and peachy pink of a playful Valentine’s Day memory. These were the sweet colors on the teacher’s bulletin board in grade school signaling the coming arrival of Valentine’s Day, that special school day when class stopped for a little while so students could trade cards and sweetheart-inspired candies.

Jättikukka is a 100% cotton fabric designed by Annika Rimala. Rimala was a designer at Marimekko from 1960 to 1982. The floral kukka (Finnish for “flower”) print is playful, rhythmic, and inspired.

Vesi Unikko

Vesi Unikko is another new-in cotton fabric from Marimekko. Vesi Unikko is designed by Maija Isola who merges the abstract shapes of the ever-classical Unikko pattern with a Vesi (water) effect.

Designer Maija Isola painting

During her tenure at Marimekko, where she disrupted convention and laid the foundation for pop-art inspired floral fabrics, Isola designed more than 500 patterns for Marimekko.

This year—2024—marks the 60th anniversary of Unikko, a print design by Isola that stands to be one of the most recognized Marimekko designs in the world.

Unikko design 60th anniversary banner

Today, Unikko is a powerful emblem of joy and creativity and a center point in Marimekko’s design identity.

Marimekko is a Finnish design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags, and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware.

For more Finnish textiles check out Astrid Sylwan’s Samum Art Fabric for Marimekko.

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