Curtain fabrics

In the 1950s and early 60s, Metsovaara’s weaving mill in Finland made plenty of full wool, light, and descending curtain fabrics in different thicknesses and a wide variety of colors. The textile artist also enlivened the surface of the curtain fabric with thin effect yarns such as horsehair linen interlacing yarns such as in the Musa curtain fabric, whose surface was woven uneven and sparse. Curtain fabrics were woven by hand. Marjatta Metsovaara did not support the extended offer of extensive wool curtain collections only because man-made fiber curtains were made known to people in the 1960s. However, the wool curtains had their supporters as well. Synthetic fiber became famous as a curtain material due to its ease of care. Curtain fabrics made of man-made fibers were known to consumers after Marjatta Metsovaara started designing furniture and curtain fabric collections for Villayhtymä Oy (wool group) in 1960. It was Finland’s …

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Alvar Aalto

Finlandia Hall (1967 – 1971) was Alvar Aalto’s late-period masterpiece. Marjatta Metsovaara designed chair fabrics by Aalto’s views and wishes. Marjatta wrote down the description of the material by Aalto:“Listen, the fabric of Finlandia Hall should be blue, with a bit like a spider web on it. And it should be elegant, but it shouldn’t be too dominant … though it should have so much surface that it would be an advantage for the acoustics of the place. It should also be as durable as leather. “ Marjatta designed the fabric with a thin nylon warp with pitch binding and realized the best technical properties such as lightfastness and abrasion resistance, and safety against fire during the design stage. According to Alvar Aalto, the chair fabric was exactly what suited the Finlandia Hall, emphasizing monumentality and individuality. The cooperation between Alvar Aalto and Marjatta Metsovaara was enjoyable because the overall …

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The legendary Lappi-satin is an invention of Marjatta Metsovaara in 1962 in collaboration with the engineers at Tampella Oy. This material was optimized for taking in reactive dyes in 1966. The best cotton printers in Finland now use this noble and robust material. The quality is solid, resilient, suitable for any use, and perfect for taking the reactive dyes that make the colors of the fabric so lively and robust. Washed several times up to boiling temperature and steamed, these fabrics will last for several generations and are certified according to the STANDARD 100 by OEKOTEX®, meeting the requirements of product class 1 – the highest classification, suitable for baby and toddler articles.

Special fabrics

Marjatta Metsovaara launched the first fabric wallpaper and room divider fabrics in the late 1950s. These were great inventions. Copper fabrics were designed to be stretched in a window or divide a large room into smaller parts for room dividers. The material did not break the room into smaller parts but sparkled in different lighting conditions thanks to the translucency. And copper fabrics held their posture.Fantastic designs were Japanese-inspired Light Wall and Sultan. Its materials were plastic strips of rattan and unbleached linen. These Japanese-inspired textiles resembled the paper walls, sliding doors, and partitions of Japanese houses. Translucent room dividers were trendy in Finnish interior design in the 1950s. The Japanese Woodcut Exhibition in 1954 was a significant event for Finnish artists. Marjatta Metsovaara lived a strong creative period throughout the 1960s with no boundaries and no end with ideas demonstrating this creative power by bringing out new and surprising …

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