Fujiwo Ishimoto’s nature-themed patterns

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Fujiwo Ishimoto’s nature-themed patterns

The diversity of hues and forms in nature has inspired Marimekko designers throughout decades. Especially Japanese Fujiwo Ishimoto, whose nature-themed patterns are now on display in Marimekko Village, has a very close relationship with natural landscapes. Japanese and Finnish art share an immense interest in nature, and this has created a fruitful starting point for Ishimoto’s work.  

The designer, who has lived in Finland for more than 40 years, has grown very fond of the Finnish nature. When Ishimoto first arrived in Finland in the winter of 1970 he was greeted by a cold breeze, and since then he has had the opportunity to encounter many sorts of phenomena the Finnish nature has to offer. His designs represent this multitude of weather patterns from freezing winter storms to warm summer days. Nature’s diversity has encouraged Ishimoto to experiment with numerous different kinds of sketching techniques, and he has expressed his vision of the world around him in both naturalistic and abstract ways.