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Tanssi tea towel

By iittala

£13.00

  • Description

    Tanssi means 'dance' in Finnish, and this new tableware collection, illustrated by London-based Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi, has been inspired by the visual designs he has created for the Finnish National Opera production of The Cunning Little Vixen, a Czech opera by Leoš Janáček.

    The sad yet beautiful story exploring the co-existence of animals, humans and the eternal cycle of life, comes alive in Haapaniemi's rich designs on tableware created by pre-eminent Finnish designer Heikki Orvola.

    The colourful inhabitants of the mystical forest captured on the tableware include a deer charming the forest with the sounds from his flute, a badger showing off in his fur coat and silk shoes, and the vixen and a fox dancing in the shadows of the trees. Reflections from both ancient Oriental and Slavic imagery, as well as traditional stories, shape this collection. With a nod to Art Deco, Tanssi also pays homage to the era of the birth of the opera.

    Tanssi also brings a new dimension to Iittala's decorated tableware with a new colour palette. The earthy colours and detailed, distinctive pattern give collectors new items to covet. Tanssi makes a good addition to any current Iittala collection, and goes well with basic pieces such as Teema, or the everyday Kartio glasses.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: 47x70 cm

    Material: linen (Easy Care 60 °C)

  • Designer
    Heikki Orvola

    Born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1943. Heikki Orvola is one of the driving forces within Finnish design. He works in glass, ceramics, cast iron and textiles. Orvola has worked for the industrial art business, but he has also worked in a variety of different materials as a form of pure, artistic expression. During his career as a designer, Heikki Orvola has received awards and prizes, including the Kaj Franck prize in 1998 - perhaps Finland's most important design prize.

    Klaus Haapaniemi

    Klaus Haapaniemi (born 1970) has had plenty of coverage recently in the Finnish as well as foreign media. His CV of design work is impressive: garment prints for Diesel, Levis, Marimekko, Dolce & Gabbana, Cacharel and Bela's Dead, a new brand. He has also worked as Creative Director of the Italian fashion house Bantam, published a book entitled 'Giants' together with the Finnish writer Rosa Liksom, produced illustrations for the Observer newspaper, shown his work in exhibitions - and done a few other things in between. The international WGSN trend analysis service has dubbed him as one of the most important rising stars in illustration and design.

    The international media often refer to Klaus Haapaniemi's Finnish roots, and even the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, has been mentioned. It is true that his illustrations have references to folklore; both Slav and Japanese influences also have a strong presence.

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  • Delivery

    2-4 weeks

£13.00
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