50 years of Unikko

If you're a fan of Scandinavian interiors then you may be interested to learn that the instantly recognisable and, dare I utter the word, iconic Unikko 'poppy' print from Marimekko is 50 years old this year.  Back in 1964, designer Maija Isola painted a series of floral prints including this graphic poppy print despite her boss, and Marimekko founder, Armi Ratia telling her not to since she felt flowers were more beautiful in nature than on fabric. But, after seeing the bold design Ratia included it in the range and it became an instant hit. Big in the sixties and pretty big in the nineties too, the poppy is a happy and uplifting motif that appeals to all, comes in a range of colours and can mainly be found on fabrics and ceramics.  There's a lot to be said for a signature print when it comes to brand recognition, not including what happened to the Burberry check in the late nineties. Yes Daniella Westbrook, I mean you. In comparison Unikko seems to have come out relatively unscathed and is looking pretty fresh for 50. The special anniversary edition tea pot above is from Skandium

If you're a fan of Scandinavian interiors then you may be interested to learn that the instantly recognisable and, dare I utter the word, iconic Unikko 'poppy' print from Marimekko is 50 years old this year. 

Back in 1964, designer Maija Isola painted a series of floral prints including this graphic poppy print despite her boss, and Marimekko founder, Armi Ratia telling her not to since she felt flowers were more beautiful in nature than on fabric. But, after seeing the bold design Ratia included it in the range and it became an instant hit. Big in the sixties and pretty big in the nineties too, the poppy is a happy and uplifting motif that appeals to all, comes in a range of colours and can mainly be found on fabrics and ceramics. 

There's a lot to be said for a signature print when it comes to brand recognition, not including what happened to the Burberry check in the late nineties. Yes Daniella Westbrook, I mean you. In comparison Unikko seems to have come out relatively unscathed and is looking pretty fresh for 50.

The special anniversary edition tea pot above is from Skandium

Clockwise from top left: Marimekko meets Converse, a match made in design heaven; the Unikko print adorns a hot air balloon to launch Marimekko's Beverly Hills flagship store in 2012; yep, they've nailed it; and fuselage art in partnership with Finnair.