Unikko (Poppy) by Maija Isola
1964The poppy is an excellent example of how modernists manipulate scale and proportion.
Maija Isola (1927-2001) was a designer at the Finnish firm Marimekko where the boss's ban on floral prints inspired her to try one. The supergraphic poppy Unikko remains one of their most successful prints. Merrimekko translates as Mary's Dress or a Dress for Mary. It is not a proper name, although we all like to picture Marimekko as one talented designer who looks like Isola continuing to create innovative graphics.
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