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Textile Museum’s Marimekko Retrospective Shows a Pattern of Success

Textile Museum Marimekko Armi Ratia

Marimekko founder Armi Ratia (photo: Textile Museum of Canada)

JANUARY 21 TO APRIL 21  Just as Ikea is to home decor and Electrolux is to appliances, Marimekko is to fashion. This month, the Textile Museum of Canada looks back at the Finnish company’s early role in the establishment of Scandinavian design as we know it. Founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, Marimekko captured a timeless yet thoroughly modern Nordic aesthetic—a simple but colourful marriage of form and function that was accessible to all. Featuring chic apparel, bold patterns and other archival materials, this retrospective explores the development of Ratia’s original vision, which endures even now as a touchstone of clothing and decor the world over.  —Craig Moy

>> Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., 416-599-5321; textilemuseum.ca
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