Maija and Kristina Isola
Beginning her design career for Marimekko at the age of 22, Maija Isola eventually held the position of head designer for interior fabrics. Her textile designs were boldly patterned, bright, whimsical, and inspired by her many travels, nature, folk and modern art. Maija’s prints have become iconic symbols of Scandinavian design, instantly recognizable for their organic forms and playful themes. Maija’s daughter Kristina soon followed in her mother’s footsteps, working as her assistant from the age of sixteen. By 1978, Kristina was a designer in her own right, also creating fabrics and furnishings for Marimekko. Mother and daughter designed together until 1987, producing new prints and variations on Maija’s classic patterns.