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against the grain

now hailed as marimekko's most famous design, finnish native maija isola created the unikko design in 1964, shortly after the company's founder, armi ratia, announced that marimekko would never print a floral pattern. maija disagreed with this stance, and designed a whole collection of floral prints in protest. one of them was unikko. the high-contrast poppy-print was revolutionary at the ...
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good design grows global

travel always affords you the greatest opportunities for design discovery, and my eagerly anticipated trip to helsinki's design forum shop last last week certainly didn't disappoint! run by the finnish society of crafts and design, established in 1875, design forum finland is the second-oldest design-industry organisation in the world, and is dedicated to supporting affluence and competitiveness in the economy and ...
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the magic of modernism

to commemorate the 80th anniversary of alvar aalto's classic stool 60, finnish brand artek have asked a selection of designers to give the design a contemporary makeover. the simple, stackable and durable wooden stool has become an icon of modern design over the past 8 decades; a  technically advanced design solution which has provided the basis for many subsequent design classics. i ...
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suomi

top of my wanderlust wishlist for 2013 is a trip to helsinki, and what better way to arrive in the finnish capital  than flying business class with finnair, where they serve in-flight meals on marimekko's bold and colourful tableware. synonymous with classic finnish design and heritage, finnair hope that their collaboration with marimekko will 'bring to hectic and often grey ...
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