Dispatches from Helsinki: Klaus Haapaniemi

Guest Contributor post by Julie Pasila

My final post from Finland will take a look at an artist who has really made an impression on me: Klaus Happeneimi. If you haven’t heard his name before (I certainly hadn’t) it’s possible you’ve seen his beautiful illustrations somewhere without realizing it. He’s been commissioned by the likes of Iittala (for their Taika design, which has seen great success in both Europe and North America), Marimekko and Christian Louboutin, and he works regularly designing for various brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Cacharel.

In 2010, Klaus started a studio with fellow designer Mia Wallenius. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts. Focusing on Haapaniemi's textile collection, they also work in furniture, fashion, books, events and exhibitions, often collaborating with other designers and studios to create limited edition design pieces.

Below you'll find more of Happeneimi and Wallenius' stunning work, along with a few photos of Helsinki's beautiful Design District.  If you're planning a trip to the city, this neighbourhood it not to be missed! (All product images are courtesy of www.klaush.com).

I can't say enough good things about Helsinki, or Finland in general (much of my time here was actually spent at an artists residency in a rural area a few hours outside the city). For anyone who loves design, you gotta get over here.  It's paradise.

Julie Pasila is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist and writer. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English Literature from the University of Guelph. She is currently available for freelance assignments and exhibitions in Canada and abroad.

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