Examples of work by the Marimekko Textile Company, Helsinki, Finland

Scope and Content

Catalogues of the Marimekko Textile Company range c1970s

Photographs of fabric samples, not dated

Fabric samples 1952-1979

Copies of 'Mobilia'

Administrative / Biographical History

The Marimekko Corporation is a Finnish textiles and clothing company that was established in 1951 as the Marimekko Textile Company. Its operations are based on the original Marimekko brand and the Marimekko concept, which is derived from the brand and represents the company's lifestyle thinking. There are three product lines: clothing, interior decoration and accessories.

Marimekko was founded by Armi and Viljo Ratia. The company's business concept emerged from a strong desire to create something new, unique, long-lasting and beautiful for post-war Finland.

The 1960s saw a rapid growth in the business operations of the company and its rise to international prominence. Following a restructuring programme in the late 1960s, the company transferred its operations to its own works site in Herttoniemi, Helsinki, Finland in 1973. The company was taken over by the Amer Group in 1991.

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Description created as part of the Glasgow Sub-Hub for Archives project for submission to the Archives Hub using XMetaL XML editor with the EAD DTD, mapped to the elements of ISAD(G)2 Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002 Revised by Susannah Waters, Archivist, The Glasgow School of Art, May 2011. Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011

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