Featured Artist: Klaus Haapaniemi
Klaus Haapaniemi’s artwork is inspired by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts.They’ve a silkscreened feel to them with super saturated color and clean edges. Animated flora and fauna pose, surrounded by bright patterns and splashes of modern graphics. Klaus has also designed textiles, pillows and ceramics with his art; they are covered with his magical critters which frolic among ornamental swirling trees and flowers, flowing in designed motifs of splendor.
Klaus Haapaniemi counts the Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin among his early influences. “When I was growing up in Finland, I saw lots of his work in illustrated children’s books.”
Klaus and designer Mia Wallenius founded a design studio together in 2010. Focusing on Klaus’s designs for a textile collection – they also work in furniture, fashion, books, events and exhibitions. They often collaborate with other designers and studios to create limited edition design pieces.
LINK: To Klaus’s website here.
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