Vuokko Nurmesniemi

(b. 1930)

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(1930– )

A Finnish textile, dress, ceramic, and glass designer of considerable importance Vuokko Nurmesniemi (née Eskolin) initially trained at the Institute of Industrial Arts at Helsinki from 1948 to 1952 before working at the Arabia factory from 1952 to 1953. In the same year she married the product and interior designer Antii Nurmesniemi and began working as chief designer for the textile and clothing enterprise Marimekko, the creative offshoot of the Printex textile company. Her textiles were characterized by large patterns and bold colours and she also designed casual clothing for men as well as women and was soon recognized as Finland's leading fashion designer. In 1964 she established her own company under the name Vuokko, concentrating on furnishing textiles and ready‐to‐wear designs. She won a number of awards including a Gran Premio for glass design at the Milan Triennale of 1957, the Lunning Prize (1964), the Finnish National Prize for Design (1969), and the Prize of the Japan Design Foundation (1991). She was elected as an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (1988).

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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