Monday, 18 March 2013

For Inspiration - Marimekko

Marimekko (and Finnish design in general) has always been my biggest inspiration since I began University. No other brand has even come close to being my favourite. Period. My love for it over the years has grown and grown, I've written assignments on it, featured it in almost every project and it was originally my starting inspiration to learn Finnish. So you can imagine my glee when I came across the new book "In Patterns" when I was shopping in the London store.

I already have quite a few Marimekko publications as well as other design and interior books that feature the brand but this is by FAR the best in terms of quality and the amount of information and detail featured. It covers the processes of design and manufacture with each section dedicated to a particular designer, showing you initial sketches, the environments in which they work in and full page prints of designs. One of the reasons Marimekko stands at my favourite brands is that it places the highest priority on promoting their own designers; it's very very rare for a brand to do this.

Here are a selection of my favourite images from the book which I scanned in:

The book is quite expensive at £35, on average most of my own design/pattern books are usually priced around £20. One of the downsides is that you can only get it at a Marimekko store as it's not available online yet, but if you are in London (or if you're really lucky and live in Finland, Marimekko stores are scattered everywhere!) I really suggest you pick a copy up, I promise it's worth every penny. You'll find it so inspirational and resourceful!

Happy reading!


  1. I found it online :D but the english version is out of stock :(

  2. Aww no :( But hey, at least you can read it ;)

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