Designer interview: Satu Maaranen

A brand new Première Vision Grand Prize winner at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography 2013, designer Satu Maaranen has created an impressive Limited edition collection for Marimekko for summer 2013.  

The garments illustrate the interplay of the unique design thinking of Marimekko and the designer’s artistic vision. The architectonic designs are based on free movement of colour on fabric, creating patterns that are complemented by the shapes of the dresses. 



People May 10th 2013

Designer interview: Satu Maaranen

Could you tell us something about your background?

I became fascinated with design already as a child. Actually before I knew one could design for a living. I was inspired by colours, shapes and painting.

How do you perceive yourself as a designer?

I pay a lot of attention to detail, but I love to experiment with new things. I love colours and architectonic shapes. Contradictions always work. My handwriting is free and colourful.

You design both clothing and patterns. Why is that?

I have a long history in visual arts, so designing patterns feels natural to me. I’m familiar with techniques from oil painting to serigraphy.

What kinds of colours do you prefer?

I like almost all colours as long as they are combined with each other in interesting ways. I think that bright colours need something neutral beside them to glow. Here, also, contradictions make things work.

How did the Movement collection come about?

It all began with a random experiment one night. I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone and decided to try out a technique that I had never tried before.

My intention was to see how different colours mix with each other when I glide them on top of each other. I ended up creating patterns.

Could you tell us something about the materials and cuts of the collection?

The garments have no side seams: this way I was able to keep the pattern intact and give it space. The pattern continues all the way from the front of the garment to the back.  

The clothes themselves are based on clear shapes: triangles and rectangles. The simplicity of the shapes highlights the painterly patterns.

The garments are made of silk and a silk-cotton mix. Some of them are heavier, some more lighter. The fact that they move in different ways creates interesting contrasts.

Finally: what are your tips for the spring?

Enjoy your free time and spend as much time as possible outside. Wear colours!