Maija Isola

Designer Riihimäki / Finland

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Maija Isola (born 15 March 1927 in Riihimäki, Finland, died 3 March 2001) was a leading Finnish designer of printed textiles. She also had a career as a visual artist.After studying painting at the Helsinki Central School of Industrial Arts, Isola became principal textile designer for Marimekko.[2] In 1964, Isola defied Marimekko founder Armi Ratia's ban on floral patterns, setting the style of the company by painting the famous Unikko (Poppy) pattern in bold pink, red and black on white;[3] the pattern has been in production ever since.[4] In 1974, Isola designed the popular pattern Primavera, consisting of stylized Marigold flowers; this has since been printed in many different colours for tablecloths, plates and other items.[5] From 1980 to 1987, Isola worked in Marimekko with her daughter, Kristina "who is still one of Marimekko's chief designers"
Maija Isola
Maija Isola
  • 1927 - 2001 †
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Maija Isola (born 15 March 1927 in Riihimäki, Finland, died 3 March 2001) was a leading Finnish designer of printed textiles. She also had a career as a visual artist.After studying painting at the Helsinki Central School of Industrial Arts, Isola became principal textile designer for Marimekko.[2] In 1964, Isola defied Marimekko founder Armi Ratia's ban on floral patterns, setting the style of the company by painting the famous Unikko (Poppy) pattern in bold pink, red and black on white;[3] the pattern has been in production ever since.[4] In 1974, Isola designed the popular pattern Primavera, consisting of stylized Marigold flowers; this has since been printed in many different colours for tablecloths, plates and other items.[5] From 1980 to 1987, Isola worked in Marimekko with her daughter, Kristina "who is still one of Marimekko's chief designers"