Klaus Haapaniemi's new Taika collection for iittala merges folklore and architecture to create a modern world of ceramic dinnerware. Produced in two color schemes, Haapaniemi unveils a world of mythical creatures, animal hybrids with some human features, living within a floral and fauna based forest. This Taika plate was hand crafted by applying silk screen print design to basic white porcelain before being glazed and fired. Modern style comes to life in this dinnerware collection, maintaining iittala's ability to mix and match pieces while adding a touch of magic to your home and everyday life.
- Vitro Porcelain
- Width: 7.8 cm / 3.1 inch
- Depth: 5.8 cm / 2.3 inch
- Height: 6 cm / 2.4 inch
- Volume: 3.5 oz
- Oven safe
- Dishwasher safe
- Freezer safe
- Not Microwave safe
What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. Iittala believes objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression.
The progressive philosophy of Iittala's design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires to keep Iittala forever relevant. They don’t just create beautiful objects. They believe in timeless design that will never be thrown away.
Iittala Taika Espresso Cup Designed by:
- Heikki Orvola , 2007
- Klaus Haapaniemi , 2007
Heikki Orvola (b.1943) is a driving force of Finnish design. His designs are woven into the everyday lives of Finns, who drink coffee from his cups, eat with his tableware and celebrate their most important moments with his glasses. Throughout Orvola’s prolific career, which began in the late 1960s, he has worked with a variety of materials including glass, ceramics, cast iron, enamel and textiles. Orvola has received many international accolades for his innovative work including Design Plus and the Kaj Franck Design Prize. In 2002, the Finnish president awarded Orvola with the honorary title of Professor for his achievements in design.
The London-based, Finnish, artisanal design and lifestyle brand Klaus Haapaniemi was founded by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius 2010. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist.
The inspiration for their prints comes from a rich selection of cultural references: the worlds of art, ballet, music and storytelling. Klaus Haapaniemi produces a luxurious home collection focusing on hand printed textiles, cushions, woven throws and hand made rugs. The expanding accessories collection carries permanent, timeless silk scarves, silk pajamas and dressing gowns. Klaus Haapaniemi follows ethical principles in all production stages. Fair and equal collaboration and responsible use of resources are part of their design process. The first Klaus Haapaniemi flagship store opened in London in 2013.
Klaus Haapaniemi himsself is an internationally recognized designer. 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, a good example being the mystical Iittala Taika collection.In 2015 Klaus Haapaniemi has made his opera set design début by creating the visual world for the performances of the opera Cunning Little Vixen performed in Finnish National Opera January 2015. Based on the same opera, he has created the Tanssi collection for Iittala.