Marjatta Metsovaara

Marjatta Metsovaara (1927–2014) was one of the most important Finnish textile designers of the 1960s. Metsovaara designed both art and interior textiles as well as clothing fabrics, and gained international acclaim for her bold and experimental approach to patterns, colors and materials – she even won gold at the Milan Triennale in 1960.

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    Marjatta Metsovaara is known in Finland especially for her colorful printed patterns, but internationally, Metsovaara's name is more associated with industrially woven interior textiles. Well-known hotels such as the Hilton and Four Seasons, as well as numerous public buildings ranging from the Berlin Philharmonic to the White House, have been covered in jacquard fabrics designed by Metsovaara. When traveling on Belgian and Dutch railways or British Airways planes, you may have sat on seats upholstered with Metsovaara fabrics.

    During her career, Metsovaara collaborated with numerous players in the textile industry, such as Finnrya, Finn Flare and Tampella; partners in the furniture and design industry included Cassina, Knoll and Ligne Roset, among others.