The latest product of the successful design collaboration between Finnish design company Marimekko and Finnair has been revealed, with a new livery for one of the airline’s A330s. The bright livery features a new blue colorway of Marimekko’s classic Unikko (“poppy”) print and will begin operations from the end of 2014, joining a sister aircraft painted in a different Unikko colorway.
“During this year we have been celebrating 50 years of our iconic Unikko pattern all over the world, reminding people of its story of courage and faith in oneself. We are very excited to continue the celebrations and our design partnership together with Finnair with the new Anniversary Unikko that will fly on the sides of Finnair’s Airbus 330,” stated Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, Marimekko’s COO. “For the celebration and as a continuation of our wonderful partnership with Finnair, Unikko has now been given a special blue colorway, inspired by the lakes and world renowned flora found in Finland.”
The design collaboration between Marimekko and Finnair began in 2012 and Marimekko for Finnair textiles and tableware were brought to all of the Finnish airline’s aircraft in 2013. The collection was designed according to the airline’s needs by Marimekko designer Sami Ruotsalainen, in original Marimekko patterns by Maija Isola. The blue, green and gray colours and the classic prints used in the collection are intended to tell the story of Finnish nature and recall the perspective of looking out from an aircraft window, flying high above the landscape.