Marimekko Celebrates 50 Years of Unikko

Marimekko is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their iconic Unikko print with design events around the world. For their London celebration, they held a party at design emporium ARIA that included a guest lecture from design historian Dominic Lutyens. The Unikko print translates gracefully onto so many products, and is the centerpiece of Marimekko.

The iconic poppy print designed by Maija Isola almost never came to be, as the founder of Marimekko, Armi Ratia, had a strong conviction about never printing floral fabrics. Ratia had to concede when she saw the strikingly graphic floral print that is Unikko. Unlike other floral prints of the 60's, Unikko is modern and not fussy, with its bold colors and unusual dimensions. Unikko has debuted in over 80 colorways since its launch in 1964, and been scaled to fit everything from a jumbo jet to a coffee cup.

You can join in the celebration of Unikko and shop the collection here.

Click here for Apartment Therapy's factory tour of Marimekko.

(Image credits: Claire Bock; Simon Howard/Aria Shop; Tony Vaccaro for Life Magazine, 1966; Marimekko; Marimekko and Finn Air)

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