It’s funny how easy it is to ignore designers.
I’ve been a huge fan of Marimekko for years.
The bold, bright, happy colours and patterns of their fabrics, clothing and homewares were instantly my thing the moment I spotted them, years before I could ever afford to buy any.
But I hadn’t a clue who had designed them.
Back then, I didn’t even think about it.
Fast forward to today, and I’m a bit more sussed.
Nowadays, I like to know who designed the things I like, rather than just the name of the brand they are sold under.
Aino-Maija Metsola is a Helsinki-based illustrator and designer. She is probably best known for her designs for Marimekko, with whom she has collaborated since 2006.
Her wide range of work covers prints and illustrations for various surfaces including clothes, tableware, stationery, books and toys.
Obviously, I like her textile designs best.
And as you can see, there’s a lot to like…
You can see more of Aino-Maija’s work on her website.
Her designs and illustrations have been featured in publications and exhibitions around the world.
You can see why.
I think they’re just heavenly. ♥