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240 pages Size: 223 mm x 281 mm

In Patterns: Marimekko

Kuvioissa Marimekko

The story behind Marimekko’s design gems and their creators

Strong, delicate, minimalistic, graphic, artistic… Marimekko’s world of patterns in so many words. Always as many-sided and complex as its maker.

What are patterns made of? Memory, observation, trial and whim – each making a colourful journey from sketchbook to fabrics, bags, clothes and tableware.

In Patterns: Marimekko explores the colourful history and present of the design house in a new way, showcasing Marimekko’s design gems and their creators from the early trendsetters to the masters of today. The book’s rich imagery illustrates the six decades of Marimekko’s history and how a sketch turns into a printed fabric.

Marimekko is home to thousands of stories. This wellspring of ideas and inspiration continues to bring forth a wealth of everyday objects, from fabrics and tableware to dresses and bags. The guiding light of the creators has been intuition and imagination, with experience and practicality keeping both feet on the ground. Thought and expression have flowed freely in the channel of reality, while creativity – fuelled by joy and experimentation – has always ushered the company to the next destination safely.


Praise for the work

“A desirable and definitive volume on the brightly-colored, pattern-filled world of top international design brand Marimekko”. – Books Kinokunya, Singapore

“Rare sketchbook pages, in-depth looks at particular eras, and page after page of gorgeous designs make this a book sure to enchant anyone interested in fashion, art, or the patterned and color-drenched world of Marimekko.” – Chronicle Books, USA

“I recommend it to anyone who has a love of classic style, organic and geometric shapes, or Finnish design. This book will inspire you in your next project, be it painting, sewing, photography, or any other creative pursuit.” – Jenny Bristol, GeekDad, USA

“I have other Marimekko books, but this one is simpler and cleaner and really highlights the designs. […] the designs are full page bleeds, one after the next arranged by designer. I was truly inspired riding home on the subway flipping through this book and devouring the range of styles from loose water-colory flowers to tight line drawings of cityscapes.” – Julia Rothman, Book by its Cover, USA

“A behind the scenes look at the iconic Finnish brand this book is resplendent with stunning reproductions of Marimekko patterns. Inspirational on so many levels.” – Nbtr, UK

“Tutte le fantasie e i pattern del famoso brand scandinavo, corredate da foto idee e spunti su come utilizzarle nella vita di tutti i giorni e da un elenco completo dei prodotti di design che li utilizzano.” – Grazia, Italy

“I just couldn’t resist: It’s so beautiful”. – Fine Fine Books

“I will leave this book on my night table. It is too pretty to be kept on the bookshelf”. – Polka Dots Indie Days


Rights sold

Japanese (Pie International)
Korean (Lionbooks)
World English (Chronicle Books)
Taiwanese (Business Weekly)


Reading material

Chinese (Complex) edition
English edition
Finnish edition
Japanese edition
Korean edition