27 January 2010

Remember Marimekko?

Marimekko Bo Boo Fabric - Click to enlargeMarimekko Unikko Green Fabric - Click to enlarge

Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Armi and Viljo Ratia, when Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric.

The fabrics were made famous in the United States by Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the mid 1960's, Crate and Barrel began a relationship with Marimekko, which continues to this day, utilizing their designs on textiles sold in their stores. Crate and Barrel also uses Marimekko patterns as display backdrops in their stores to add color and seasonality.

In the 90's Marimekko was seen on Sex and the City when Carrie Bradshaw wore a Marimekko bikini & dress. On the fifth season the series also introduced tablecloths with Marimekko prints.

I have vivid memories of climbing into my colorful sheets in my Pennsylvania bedroom with yellow walls and my 'Unikko yellow' bedding by....Marimekko.

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