Marimekko, 2007

Using the geometrical patterns he saw while traveling through Egypt as inspiration, Ilkka Suppanen designed Marhaba as a pattern for Marimekko. Throughout his life, Suppanen has been fascinated by the beauty of logic and mathematics in Arabic culture and therefore aspired to design a pattern in reflection of that. On a similar note, Lines is another pattern that Suppanen designed for Marimekko and it is reminiscent of a musical stave, which is essentially the Scandinavian version of the same mathematical thinking. Both patterns are produced with the same line width so that the two can be easily combined.

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