Acording to studyinfinland.fi the original ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVÄ - Finnish Independence Day took place on December 6, 1917 when the nation’s parliament ratified a senate proposal on independence from the Russian Empire.
This year Marimekko will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence with bold patterns – “We want to contribute to building a successful future of innovation for Finland by doing things together open-mindedly” its website states – “In addition to introducing products designed in celebration of the centenary, we will encourage participation and create opportunities for bold actions and innovation, even in some unexpected ways.”
For Armi Ratia, company’s founder, “Marimekko could equally be music, poetry, a flower shop or ice cream” and in this spirit the new generation of creators will be summed to challenge the conventions of traditional textile and clothing industry and produce new innovative ideas and solutions for the future.
During the centenary year, Marimekko aims to take an even more active role in supporting creativity in the spirit of doing things together.
It is Marimekko’s wish to carry on nurturing the unique history of the Finnish design heritage and to strengthen its position as a forerunner in print design.
Celebrations of the 100-year-old Finland continue with the launch of a pattern entitled Veljekset (brothers) created by Maija Louekari, one of Marimekko's younger generation print designers.
The anniversary pattern will be accompanied by a variety of other new designs and new versions of beloved Marimekko classics.
During the centenary year, Marimekko will implement several projects related to design and art in collaboration with notable partners in Finland and Japan. These events will provide an opportunity to explore Marimekko's Finnish design heritage and its contemporary manifestations.