Lecture Highlight: Marimekko Behind the Scenes


Marimekko‘s bold, colorful, and effusive designs are unmistakable.   Founded in 1951, Marimekko is a company made by women for women.  CEO Armi Ratia was responsible for making the avant garde mid-century designs of female artists like Maija Isola a part of the Marimekko identity.  In the 1960s, the company’s bold prints and boxy fashions became the height of fashion in Finland and abroad, launching Marimekko into the international limelight.  Today, Marimekko is a leading textile company, producing fabrics and readymade items for stores all over the world.


On a recent trip to Finland, Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron was lucky enough to tour the 43,000 sf factory in Helsinki.  She caught a rare glimpse of how the bright and bold fabrics come to life from design to color selection, to printing, finishing, and shipping.  Juxtaposed with archival imagery of mid-century Marimekko, Amanda will present a stunning slideshow of contemporary images of the factory, products, and new flagship stores around the globe.  Special emphasis will be given to Armi Ratia and the textile empire she founded, and the legacy she left behind.  Rounding out the lecture will be images of Marimekko’s best-selling prints and the stories behind the designers that created them.

Reserve your spot now! Tickets to the lecture cost $10.


Lecture: Marimekko: Behind the Scene
Event Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Start Time: 3:00 p.m.
End Time/Duration: 4:00 p.m.
Event Price: $10
Check-In Location: Hilton Hotel – Horizon Ballroom, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photos via Dwell, Always Mod, and Maries Making

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