Marimekko is a Finish lifestyle design house celebrated worldwide for its original prints and vibrant colors.
In the 1950s, when the predominant fashion was rather restricting, Marimekko started making liberating dresses in abstract patterns in vibrant colors for women who are bold in expressing their personality through their choice of attire. Over the years Marimekko’s anti-fashion became not only fashion but also a way of living. Marimekko is considered one of the first lifestyle brands to combine fashion, handbags and accessories, as well as home decor, into an expression of joyful living.
The heart and soul of Marimekko’s design is its own printing factory in Helsinki—that’s where the bold prints and vibrant colors come to life. Since the beginning, large-scale patterns and the overlapping of vibrant colors have been the hallmarks of Marimekko’s designs. Striped, checked, and floral patterns comprise Marimekko’s rich and varied artistic legacy. Perhaps the most iconic of the designs is Maija Isola’s Unikko (poppy) from 1964. Over the years, Marimekko’s artists have created some 3,500 designs, which have graced clothing, bags, accessories, ceramics, bedding, fabric, and more.
Marimekko’s eye-popping store displays the firm’s signature graphic textiles to the brightly colored tableware to adorable children’s clothing and accessories.
200 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Lynn Shanahan, president of Marimekko North America talks about why she loves having their flagship store in the NoMad District. They’re happy to be bringing the culture of Finland to NYC. Lynn touches about how she loves all of the culture in the Madison Square Park and NoMad area.