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Karuselli (Carousel) (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; screen printed.

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; screen printed.

Date:

1973

Artist:

Designed by Katsuji Wakisaka (Japanese, born 1944)
Produced by Marimekko Oy (Founded 1951)
Finland, Helsinki

About this artwork

Trained in Kyoto, Japan, Katsuji Wakisaka was the first non Finnish designer to work for Marimekko, a Helsinki based textile company that became known for embracing the cultural exuberance of the 1960s. Wakisaka’s energetic use of color and playful style for Marimekko resulted in designs featuring a wide range of themes, from Finnish forests to children’s drawings. The ultrasaturated red, yellow, and pink flowers of his Karuselli, or merrygo round, print gesture to youthful pastimes while also reflecting the psychedelic palette of posters, fashion, and album covers created in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

Katsuji Wakisaka (Designer) , Marimekko Oy (Producer)

Title

Karuselli (Carousel) (Furnishing Fabric)

Places

Helsinki (Object made in), Finland (Object made in), Japan (Artist's nationality:)

Date

Made 1973

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; screen printed

Inscriptions

Inscription (repeated on left selvage): MARIMEKKO ® KATSUJI WAKISAKA "KARUSELLI" © MARIMEKKO OY SUOMI FINLAND 1973 100% CO

Dimensions

309 × 137.1 cm (121 5/8 × 54 in.); Warp repeat: H.: 78.5 cm (30 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marimekko, Inc.

Reference Number

1980.141

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