Maija Louekari: Illustration & Design

Maija Louekari

What a scrumptious illustration by Finnish illustrator and designer, Maija Louekari! She has a sensational eye for bright punchy colors, geometric forms and patterns, as well as fine lines. Louekari won a design competition staged by the Univeristy of Art and Design Helsinki and the iconic textile and clothing designer Marimekko in 2003.

Maija Louekari

Since then, she has continued to create playful designs for Marimekko, including this one entitled Karkutellä (Translation: At Large). At first glance, I just noticed the candy colored elephant and the long legged pelican. Then, I noticed the animals wearing two different types of boots. That’s when I realized there’s a zebra in front of the elephant! The layers are a true delight, as well as the varied forms.

Maija Louekari

Maija Louekari

Maija Louekari

Maija Louekari

Inspired by all the intricacies of life (daily observations, people, the city vs. the forest), Louekari creates her own colorfully complex worlds filled with beautiful details. To find out more, visit her website and read an interview with her on Marimekko.com.
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Thanks for sharing – I’ve never seen Maija’s work before and it’s fantastic. I love the elephant, zebra, pelican illustration.

Did she do the cover of a Sigur Ros album? Looks so familiar…

I LOVE her work; such a sweet treat to see her profiled on this morning’s edition of Yummy grain feed!

Laura |

Found design |

Hi Vic! I’m not sure if she did a Sigur Ros album cover. I do know her “Kulkue” design was featured in last year’s CB2 catalogs and stores. I always wondered who designed it, and now I know!

I love that third fabric design from the top. is that also on the marimekko website too?

Hi Leslie! I really love that design too! It is a design for Marimekko, however I cannot find it on their website. Perhaps it’s an older style? I’m not sure.

I’ve never seen her work before. Thank you for sharing. I would definitely cover my kitchen with that wallpaper on top.

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