When we find a designer so original and thought-provoking, our first impulse is to . . . keep the news to ourselves so we can hoard everything he makes. Fortunately, we’re pretty lousy at keeping secrets, and we can’t help but share these rich, striking, fantasy-meets-folklore home products from Finnish illustrator Klaus Happaniemi.
Happaniemi, who has designed for the disparate likes of Levi’s, Diesel, Marimekko, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cacharel, gained notice for Taika (“magic” in Finnish), his inimitable line of dinnerware for beloved Finnish design company iittala.
Like Taika, Happaniemi’s own products, designed with fellow artist Mia Wallenius, feature his signature ornamental take on natural themes—the guy loves his birds, cats, squirrels, trees, and flowers—as well as Slavic and Japanese folklore. From throws and shawls to decorative pillows, rugs, ceramics, and prints, we’re smitten with Happaniemi’s bold colors, amazingly detailed designs, and ability to make modern décor look like pristinely preserved vintage finds from global flea markets.