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From Finland With Love: Marimekko in America, Past and Present

Nordic Hall

The SCC is proud to participate in Boston Design Week with a presentation about highly influential Finnish design company Marimekko offered by independent curator and researcher Susan Ward.

In the summer of 1959, Marimekko designs were introduced to the American market through an exhibition at Design Research (D/R), the innovative Cambridge home furnishings store founded by architect Benjamin Thompson. Marimekko fabrics and their dresses, dubbed a “uniform for intellectuals,” went on to enjoy phenomenal success in the U.S. (especially in the Boston area) over the next 20 years. Now, having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, Marimekko is once again bursting onto the American scene, introducing new designers while continuing to make use of its rich archive of “classic” designs. In this informal program Susan Ward will discuss the history of Marimekko, D/R, and the local context, from the 1950s to the present.

Reservations recommended. Email Christina to reserve your seat(s) at

The First Annual Boston Design Week , a 10-day citywide design festival, takes place March 20-30, 2014.  All events are open to the public, and most are free, but some with limited capacity require RSVPs, so claim your places early. Participating organizations, businesses, sponsors and individual designers are offering 80+ design events, exhibitions, speakers, receptions, behind-the-scene tours and activities throughout the city of Boston and its neighborhoods and in numerous other cities and towns. Don’t miss it!