Aino-Maija Metsola is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With her immense interest in colour, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolour to ink, markers and gouache. Aino-Maija has been collaborating with Marimekko since 2006.
Anna Danielsson is a Stockholm-based freelance illustrator and designer who is known for her bold and modern, yet timeless designs.
Annika Rimala (1936-2014) worked as a designer at Marimekko from 1960 to 1982. From early on, her modern, distinctive clothes began to appear on the covers and pages of some of the world's leading fashion magazines. Her work was also characterised by timelessness, practicality and humour.
Armi Ratia (1912-1979) was born in Pälkjärvi in Karelia - now part of Russia. Her father owned a small grocery store and her mother worked as a grade school teacher. She studied in Helsinki and graduated as a textile designer in 1935. That same year, she got married to Viljo Ratia.
Erja Hirvi is a Helsinki-based textile designer who has studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In Erja's patterns, everyday reality and imagination combine to form potent, colorful stories. Her textile designs are often inspired by cities, gardens and her travels.
Fujiwo Ishimoto is a Helsinki-based Japanese textile and ceramic artist who joined Marimekko in 1974. A master of many different styles and techniques, Fujiwo has designed around 400 fabric prints for Marimekko. The influence of nature can be clearly felt in nearly all of his designs, whether figurative or abstract. He also has a brilliant talent for creating changing moods with colours. Many of the patterns designed by him have become widely beloved classics over the years.
Harri Koskinen is a Helsinki-based industrial designer who runs his own design agency called Friends of Industry Ltd. His works have been on display in numerous exhibitions around the world, and he has been awarded several major design prizes.
Kustaa Saksi is a Finnish-born artist and designer currently residing in Amsterdam.
In his work, Kustaa focuses on graphic storytelling through pattern design, textile art and installations. Many of his patterns are motivated by an abstract interpretation of natural forms.
Mai Ohta is a Japanese fashion designer living in Helsinki. She earned her bachelor's degree from Yamaguchi Prefectural University in 2003 and graduated with an MA in fashion design from the University of Arts and Design Helsinki in 2006.
Maija Isola's (1927-2001) remarkable career as a textile designer began at Printex, Marimekko's predecessor, in 1949 and lasted 38 years. She designed more than 500 fabric patterns, which cover an amazingly diverse range of motifs and design techniques.
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-organised 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.
Paavo Halonen is a Helsinki-based artist, illustrator and publisher. He studied at Turku Academy of Fine Arts in the early 2000s and is now working both as an artist and a textile designer.
Sanna Annukka is a Brighton-based printmaker and textile designer who graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in illustration from the University of Brighton. Sanna draws inspiration from her Finnish heritage, nature and folklore. Her first Marimekko prints, designed in 2008, were based on her favourite tales from the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Her Hauki (pike) pattern featured on kitchen items has become a perennial favourite.
Satu Maaranen is a Helsinki-based fashion designer. Her graduate collection from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture won first prize at the Hyères Fashion Festival in 2013.
Sofia Järnefelt is a Helsinki-based fashion designer. She graduated from the Aalto University School of Art and Design in 2011.Sofia has won the Designers' Nest Award in Copenhagen and the Aalto Award in Helsinki. She is also one of the co-founders of Pre Helsinki, a platform promoting Finnish fashion. Sofia has been designing for Marimekko since 2011.