|Maija Louekari is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who has studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.|
The starting point of her career was in 2003 when she won a design competition co-organized by Marimekko and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Her winning design, the Hetkiä/Moments pattern, is still available in Marimekko's home collection.
Maija's most recognizable patterns for Marimekko are Siirtolapuutarha (city garden) and Räsymatto (rag rug), which appear on fabrics, tableware, cushion covers, kitchen textiles and bed linen.
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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.