Marimekko wallpaper is back and better than ever! Check out this brand new Marimekko line of wallpapers by Sirpi, Italy at Vertigo Home. These bold wallpapers are a great way to accent just one wall or make a daring statement by papering an entire room. The collection includes splashy florals (like the classic Unikko which comes in 5 colors), tranquil leaves and bold abstract designs that will definitely turn heads and start conversations.
Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki that has made important contributions to fashions, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. They are particularly noted for brightly-colored printed fabrics and simple styles.
Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Armi and Viljo Ratia, when Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric. Viljo had been involved in an unsuccessful oilcloth factory, which they converted into a clothing-fabric factory.
Marimekko was first introduced to the United States by the architect Benjamin C. Thompson, who featured them heavily in his Design Research stores. They were made famous in the United States by Jacqueline Kennedy , who bought eight Marimekko dresses which she wore throughout the 1960 U.S. Presidential campaign. By 1965, the company employed over 400, and the company was in every aspect of fine design, from fabrics to toys, dinnerware, even completely equipped small houses. That year, Armi Ratia told Pan Am’s Clipper Magazine that she was “against success, it is a sick word, too many side effects.”
Marimekko Wallpaper is available at Vertigo Home for $149.00 per roll. All rolls are double Euro rolls, which are 11 yards x 27 1/2 inches, covering approximately 74 square feet.