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Imaginative experimenter of new materials

Marjatta Metsovaara’s design scale was wide because she designed all of her own company’s models and several textile factories in Finland and abroad. In addition, Marjatta Metsovaara’s textiles were in notable Finnish buildings such as Finlandia Hall, the National Theatre, and most city theaters in Finland.

In addition to domestic cooperation, Marjatta Metsovaara had many foreign public interior design projects for public spaces and hospitality groups such as Hilton Hotels worldwide. She was the most significant artist in the most significant period of the Finnish textile design and industry. She contributed totally to the development of interior textiles in Finland and the fame of Finnish industrial art worldwide.

She was known as a bold and imaginative experimenter of new materials who created different woven surfaces that lived in many different colors and material implementations, and as a pioneer in the field of woven interior textiles who led the industrial breakthrough of woven interior fabrics from the early 1950s to well into the 1970s.

According to Marjatta Metsovaara, years do not matter much. The textile artist said that she had always wanted to forward the lives of her designs without stopping to repeat their past. “I make rooms and close doors,” she said.

We have to focus on the wide range of products designed by Marjatta Metsovaara, which includes carpets, rugs, furniture fabrics, fabric wallpapers, and different interior textiles. Her extensive textile creations clearly show the production of her interior textiles as a phenomenon of its time in Finland. Furthermore, her deep knowledge of textile design and her great capacity for inventions can make her considered an architect of woven fabrics (Article from Leena Nokela for Kotiliesi magazine in 1969).

The Design Museum in Helsinki and the Tampere City Library has considerable product, newspaper, and magazine archives.

 

Back to history

Imaginative experimenter of new materials

Marjatta Metsovaara’s design scale was wide because she designed all of her own company’s models and several textile factories in Finland and abroad. In addition, Marjatta Metsovaara’s textiles were in notable Finnish buildings such as Finlandia Hall, the National Theatre, and most city theaters in Finland.

In addition to domestic cooperation, Marjatta Metsovaara had many foreign public interior design projects for public spaces and hospitality groups such as Hilton Hotels worldwide. She was the most significant artist in the most significant period of the Finnish textile design and industry. She contributed totally to the development of interior textiles in Finland and the fame of Finnish industrial art worldwide.

She was known as a bold and imaginative experimenter of new materials who created different woven surfaces that lived in many different colors and material implementations, and as a pioneer in the field of woven interior textiles who led the industrial breakthrough of woven interior fabrics from the early 1950s to well into the 1970s.

According to Marjatta Metsovaara, years do not matter much. The textile artist said that she had always wanted to forward the lives of her designs without stopping to repeat their past. “I make rooms and close doors,” she said.

We have to focus on the wide range of products designed by Marjatta Metsovaara, which includes carpets, rugs, furniture fabrics, fabric wallpapers, and different interior textiles. Her extensive textile creations clearly show the production of her interior textiles as a phenomenon of its time in Finland. Furthermore, her deep knowledge of textile design and her great capacity for inventions can make her considered an architect of woven fabrics (Article from Leena Nokela for Kotiliesi magazine in 1969).

The Design Museum in Helsinki and the Tampere City Library has considerable product, newspaper, and magazine archives.

 

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