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Vivienne Tam and Marimekko: Nature Inspired Design

March 17, 2009

HP Computer Clutch

Good Design resembles Nature. God made a beautiful planet for us to be inspired from, as was Vivienne Tam and HP. The Chinese-American fashion designer created this peony-print computer for HP in 2008 which was featured in the Chicago Tribune this weekend. Just think: you can match your technology to your cocktail dress, how perfect. (gasp!)

The Queen of nature-inspired design  is of course, Marimekko. Not surprisingly at the Crate and Barrel headquarters, the walls are covered with the Finnish company’s work. Last spring H&M announced a clothing line with the Marimekko team, and this weekend I spotted their fabric on a dress at Antroplogie. They are everywhere and I love it.

Anthropologie / Marimekko DressUnikko Pattern for Marimekko

Marimekko’s most popular design is hands-down Unikko, designed in 1964 (timeless!) by Maija Isola and her daughter,  Krtistina Isola. Marimekko’s ability to adapt organic forms into graphic hand-made applications is the essence of nature-based design. It is inspiring to look at and imagine how one can infuse nature into their design and be as successful as the Isola duo. They will be the Queens of nature inspired design for years to come.

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  1. March 20, 2009 4:42 pm

    Love this — it is gorgeous! My very favorite designer is Jill Bliss. She creates these lovely journals which have illustrations of native California plants. She also uses recycled materials for her journals which is super eco-friendly (which is the thing we are “in” to here in California!) Check out for a bit of inspiration!!

    • March 20, 2009 7:11 pm

      Jill has gorgeous work. I just got home from downtown Chicago and saw a small purple flower popping out of the ground in my front yard. It’s only about 2″ high, but this lovely piece on Jill’s website reminds me of what spring WILL be soon.

      Thanks for sharing!

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