In Marimekko's fall 2021 news, we'll see animal prints, annual rings, and some adorable residents of the whimsical Mari village. Check out our faves from the new collection!
MARIMEKKO'S 70TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR continues in the fall with new product launches – the theme of the collection is harmonious coexistence with nature. The line will feature animal-themed patterns from Maija Isola and Aino-Maija Metsola, among others, as well as new interpretations of Marimekko's iconic stripes. As you would expect from the brand, the patterns are quite graphic and bold, but at the same time, they exude utmost love and respect for nature.
In addition to textiles, the new arrivals also include new products in the popular Oiva series and a new hue for Carina Seth-Anderson's Umpu vase. The limited-edition Marikyläläiset collectibles, launched last spring, will also get new family members when Marimekko introduces three new ceramic figures to the series. The new products will be arriving at Finnish Design Shop in the course of the summer.
Flora and fauna
Nature and its diversity have always been important sources of inspiration for Marimekko's pattern designers. Many of the brand's most beloved prints are adorned with flowers – which are, of course, also featured in the fall line – but in the new collection, the fabrics have been taken over by animal-inspired prints. The line includes Maija Isola's Kaksoset pattern depicting a pair of big cats, the Musta tamma pattern depicting a wild mare, and Aino Maija Metsola's graphic Karhuemo, "mother bear".
The color palette of the fall line is earthy and warm with accents in aqua blue and forest green. The earthy feel is further emphasized with unbleached fabrics, which make for a fitting background for the nature-inspired patterns, and with Maija Isola's abstract Silkkikuikka pattern, which is dyed with plant-based indigo. In addition, many other sustainably produced natural fibers have been used as materials, such as recycled cotton as well as linen, hemp and jute. The collection also includes braided seagrass baskets and Oiva tableware with details in cork.
The latest residents of the Mari village
Jenni Tuominen's Marikyläläiset series will expand in the fall with three new charming characters. The ceramic artworks launched in celebration of the brand's 70th anniversary represent everyday art at its best: the endearing figures brighten up the interior with their playful, unique look and at the same time function as containers. In addition to the ceramic pieces, the residents of Marikylä can also be spotted in the eponymous print designed by Tuominen.
And hey! If the new characters are as popular as the previous ones, Omppu, Pilkkuhauva, and Raita-Armi, be sure to act quickly – the previous batch sold out very quickly!
Beloved Oiva and bold Suur Unikko
Many of the above-mentioned patterns will also adorn Oiva tableware. In addition, a special anniversary mug set will be released, with the iconic poppy motif given a fresh two-tone update in the Suur Unikko pattern: the abstract pattern features both aqua blue and beige. The Oiva series Little Koppa serving dish and the Umpu vase, designed by Carina Seth Andersson, will also be launched in new aqua versions.
The products of Marimekko's fall line will arrive at Finnish Design Shop in the course of the summer.
Edit: Emmi Ratilainen Images: Brian Saragosa / Marimekko