|| MAIJA ISOLA LIFE, ART,
Exhibition at Design Museum in Helsinki,
25 May 4 September 2005
the 1950s and 1960s, interior textiles designed by Maija Isola (19272001)
caused a revolution in Finnish homes. Today her designs are more
widely known than ever before, both in Finland and abroad. The beloved
Poppy pattern from the 1960s, for example, has found its way into
a wide range of new uses and contexts. Less known, however, is the
designer behind the patterns and her role as a visual artist.
Teeming with colour, the extensive exhibition at Design Museum tells
of the eventful life of Maija Isola and her work as a painter and
the designer of hundreds of unforgettable textile prints.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive and richly
illustrated catalogue, in which Maija Isolas lifes work
is analysed from various perspectives. The contributors include
Maija Isolas daughter, the artist Kristina Isola; Mika Pantzar,
Ph.D., Head of Research (National Consumer Research Centre); Kimmo
Sarje, Ph.D., visual artist; and Marianne Aav, Director of Design
celebration of the exhibition, Marimekko has complemented its selection
of the currently available designs by Maija Isola with a new multifaceted
fabric collection which features prints in different styles from
four decades. The new fabrics will be in shops in May. In the summer,
Maija Isola's prints will also appear on clothes designed by Samu-Jussi
Koski, Jaana Parkkila and Mika Piirainen.
The exhibition will be open Tuesdays from 11am to 8pm, WednesdaysSundays
from 11am to 6pm (closed Mondays).
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