Marimekko, With Love

Date: Circulating
Curated by: Shauna McCabe

Marimekko, With Love is a retrospective look at the company’s origins and role in shaping a new aesthetics and approach to living through fashion and design. Founded in 1951 by visionary designer Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, Marimekko not only sparked an international revolution in post-WWII pattern and textile production but captured a new philosophy based on the power of design in everyday life – Marimekko was “a cultural phenomenon guiding the quality of living,” Armi recounted in 1962.

In Canada, a groundbreaking design studio called Karelia introduced Marimekko and contemporary Finnish design to international audiences. Named for the historical Finnish region and Armi Ratia’s birthplace, Karelia’s founder – architect, interior and industrial designer Janis Kravis – developed a close relationship with Marimekko’s early creative minds. Objects in the exhibition are primarily drawn from Karelia’s collections and archives.


Additional Information

Content: Garments, bolts of fabric, fabric samples, photographic and documentary materials, digitized archival content.

Additional Resources: Exhibition didactic panels, labels, photographs, educational resource guide, catalogue.

Availability: Please inquire          
Run FT/Sq. Ft: Flexible
Security: Standard
Facility Requirements: Flexible space, professional museum environment
Rental Fee: To be negotiated. For travelling exhibition package contact Sarah Quinton,