​50 years of Unikko: a celebration

The Marimekko poppy (called Unikko in Finnish) has become beloved the world over but went against the founder’s floral pattern ban.
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15 May
Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N120 7704 6222; call ariashop.co.uk

Unikko means poppy in Finnish, and that joyful stylised flower first designed by Maija Isola for Finnish brand Marimekko in 1964 has become beloved the world over, appearing in countless colourways and sizes on fabrics, tableware, bags and more.
Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia had forbidden floral patterns (too traditional) and this was Isola’s rebellious and uber-modern response.
See an intriguing selection of merchandise (with 10 per cent off prices) and in the evening hear design historian Dominic Lutyens (co-author of Seventies Style & Design)  fill in the background to one of the most charming stories of contemporary design (please book).

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