Finnish-born designer and illustrator Klaus Haapaneimi has quite the repertoire; indeed, he has designed collaborations with Cacharel, Christian Louboutin and Established & Sons, Isetan, Harrods, Selfridges and Le Printemps. He was creative director of the Italian fashion house Bantam, and the international WSGN trend analysis company named him as one of today’s most important rising illustrators and designers.
Now, his London-based artisanal design and lifestyle brand, the eponymous Klaus Haapaniemi, has released a line of innovative, playful Christmas products at its flagship store for A/W15.
The products range from silk Firebird scarves and hand-embroidered Putte cushions, to decadent Black Swan and Woodpecker velvet cushions, and a variety of intricately-designed patterned trays. The inspiration behind the products derives from nature, music, ballet, and Finnish folklore, with the brand adding: “the colour world is considered yet unusual and at times dramatic. The designs evoke a fantasy of the holiday season but enlight [sic] interiors all year around.”
The two Firebird scarves, priced at £155, are available in both black and burnt orange. They were inspired by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe production for the Firebird ballet, which is a rendition of the Russian folk tale of an incandescent bird that can both curse and bless its owner.
The Putte cushions were hand-embroidered with silk thread on natural linen. Putte is a colourful and adventurous feline that is based Klaus’s own cat, and has been featured on several of the brand’s other products. Putte Cat embroidered cushion in red and green is priced at £196, and the same cushion in black and blue is priced at £190.
The Black Swan velvet cushions are priced at £95, and the brand suggests that the dark and dark and mysterious imagery and colours translate perfectly on thick velvet. The cream velvet Woodpecker cushions carry the same price tag, and are said to symbolize the celebration of the magical world of woodpeckers. The linen Heather Cock cushion bears a design of the handsome yet predatory bird typical to Finnish forest, according to the brand. It is priced at £60. All cushions are available in two different designs and finishes.
Klaus Haapaneimi’s laminated trays are available in two sizes and three distinct whimsical and complex designs: Purple Haze Horses, Birds, and Pine Cones. These magical-seeming trays add a touch of luxury to everyday life and make excellent gifts.