Marimekko was founded in Helsinki in 1951 by Armi and Viljo Ratia.
The company is renowned for its cottons and linens printed with bold patterns and strong colours produced at Marimekko’s own textile factory in Helsinki. In recent years the Marimekko collection has been expanded to include a variety of designer products such as kitchen and tabletop linens; ceramics and glassware; bed linen and bathroom textiles. This interior decoration line comprises both classic products and seasonal collections all featuring Marimekko’s strong and distinctive style.
Since the days of Jacqueline Kennedy, who bought clothes from them in the 1960s, Marimekko has been an influential fashion house producing their striking seasonal collections every year.
A key to Marimekko’s success has been the autonomy enjoyed by their designers since the days of Armi Ratia’s leadership.