This is Finnish textile designer Armi Ratia who founded Marimekko with her husband Viljo, in 1951. From Danish drama to Nordic knitwear, I'm a sucker for Scandinavian style, so there's a fair amount of Marimekko at That's Not My Age Mansions.
|My favourite cup and 'special occasion' glass bowls.|
|We always have a Marimekko oven glove in the kitchen. Don't look too closely, it needs a wash.|
|My breakfast: porridge in a lovely bowl.|
|I bought a square of this world-famous fabric in Helsinki.|
At least I'm in good company. In 1960, Jackie Kennedy bought a selection of affordable cotton sun dresses from a Marimekko stockist in Cape Cod. After being criticised for spending too much money on Parisian designer fashion, she was then complemented on her thrift. And JFK went on to win the presidential election:
|Cape Cod Chic.|
|In a simple pink frock on the cover of Sports Illustrated (1960)|
Anyhow. To celebrate what would have been Armi Ratia's 100th birthday on 13 July 2012 (sadly she died at the age of 67) Marimekko are running a 'Share Your Voice' competition. All you have to do is tell them your recipe for happiness. This can be a list, a poem/aphorism, or a sentence or two, and you can also take part in a lottery to win a gift certificate worth 500 Euros.
I'm off to pen a few lines, and with any luck I'll soon be dressing like a first lady.
Photos: chicpaint.blogspot.com and Decor Arts Now.