|Sami Ruotsalainen is a Helsinki-based ceramics and glassware designer with an MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Sami is the designer behind Marimekko's Oiva (superb) tableware.|
Sami's design approach combines millimeter-exact precision with a delicate understanding of materials and form. He is passionate about cooking, which inspires him a lot in his design work. He has worked for Marimekko since 2001.
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|Marimekko / Finland|
Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company's product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware.
When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. The classic Unikko pattern was created in 1964, after Marimekko founder Armi Ratia publicly proclaimed a ban on flowers in Marimekko prints. Artist Maija Isola defied the order and designed a whole collection of floral patterns that were so fresh and unique that Armi ended up taking eight of them. One of those she accepted was Unikko, the future icon of icons.