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Marjatta Metsovaara graduated from the Helsinki School of Industrial Design in 1949. There she had studied with other famous Finnish artists and designers such as Timo Sarpaneva, Maija Isola, and Nanny Still. Her first exhibition was at Artek in 1957 and her approach of using bright, gleaming colours and combining them in innovative ways came to define a new era in Finnish textile design.
International recognition soon followed. She won a gold medal in 1960 at the 12th Triennale in Milan. Other awards include the Signe d'Or, Brussels 1968 and the Pro Finlandia, Helsinki 1970. Metsovaara's exhibition in Vienna in 1961 also attracted attention from the United States and she was interviewed by the well-known “House Beautiful” magazine. Metsovaara went on to form important business relationships in the United States, one of which was with Jack Lenor Larsen who started to manufacture Metsovaara textiles under licence in the U.S.
In Finland she designed interior decoration textiles for Metsovaara Oy and N.V. Albert Van Havere as well as for Tampella. She also designed clothing textiles for Finn-Flare and umbrella textiles for Green & Green. During the years to come, Marjatta Metsovaara's textiles were used to brighten up countless homes, commercial and public buildings in Finland and abroad. As of 2006, the designs we use have been checked in cooperation with Marjatta Metsovaara's daughter and colleague, the textile artist Katariina Metsovaara.
Marjatta Metsovaara has been featured in countless publications throughout the years, among them in Lesley Jackson's “The Sixties” and in Jack Larsen's “Textile World”. Currently, a doctor's thesis is under work in Finland which, once it's published, will give even greater insight into the life and career of Marjatta Metsovaara.