The cover of this attractive journal features the pattern that made Marimekko famous around the world. Unikko, Marimekko’s popular poppy pattern, was created in 1964 when abstract prints dominated the design house’s collections. Designer Maija Isola wanted to do something exclusive with this organic theme, so she created a collection of floral prints. The classic flower is now associated with imagination.
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Kaj Franck was a Finnish textile and glassware designer and ceramicist. He was born in Viipuri, Finland. Often referred to as the “conscience of Finnish design,” Franck tried to construct what he called the “optimal object,” one that represented the ideal relationship between man and the mass-produced commodity.