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Kustaa Saksi for Marimekko Spring 2015

Deep water flora and fauna serve as the inspiration for this all-Finnish collaborative collection

by Hans Aschim
on 27 October 2014

Few brands garner instant recognition with just a glance at a single pattern, but Marimekko is surely one of them. The beloved Finnish label—first made popular in the US in the swinging '60s—is a longtime favorite for their bright yet tasteful home wares, fabrics, accessories and apparel offerings alike. For Spring 2015, the brand partnered with fellow Finn, surrealist textile artist Kustaa Saksi. Saksi brings his own psychedelic take on textiles to the house's line, bringing forth the power, beauty and stranger-than-fiction form of nature found in and around the sea.

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"My collection for was inspired by the invigorating feeling of freedom one can experience when faced with the force of nature," Saksi explains. "when waiting for the perfect wave and letting go of control and fear." The now Amsterdam-based Finnish artist's work is influenced in part by chronic migraines that induce a dream-like, hallucinatory state. For this collection, Saksi spent time diving deep in ocean and found inspiration in aquatic life. "The collection brings this feeling to the urban life, offering an escape to nature through prints that depict waves and streams and life under water," Saksi tells CH.

Kusta Saksi for Marimekko is set to launch for Spring 2015 and features womenswear, textiles, ceramics and home wares.

Images courtesy of Marimekko

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