Take a Peek: Inside Marimekko's Textile Factory

Take a Peek: Inside Marimekko's Textile Factory

Alysha Findley
Aug 22, 2011

In the current issue of Dwell Magazine we get to go on an inside tour of Marimekko's incredible 43,000 square-foot textile print factory in Helsinki. They take us through their entire process from concept and design to silkscreening, finishing, inspecting and shipping.

The founder, Finnish designer Armi Ratia, wanted to bring hope and optimism to a country trying to recover from World War II and succeeded in her vision tenfold. Marimekko has been bringing us bold, bright, iconic fabric patterns since 1951.

They have not only kept true with their design mission over the last sixty years but have also continued the tradition of silkscreening six-foot-long patterns to this day. Marimekko does all of its manufacturing on site in order to assure the quality that is associated with their name and prints more than a million yards of fabric each year.

And now thanks to Dwell we get to go behind the scenes and see where all the magic happens from beginning to end.

Related Links
• See Dwell's entire Marimekko Studio slideshow here.
• Read Dwell's Article on Marimekko's Helsinki Factory
• See more of Marimekko's iconic fabrics in Dwell's slideshow here.

Images: Dwell Magazine

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