Lightnings in Tiger Woods mural for Hotel St. George, Helsinki

Aug 02, 2018

Klaus Haapaniemi has created a large scale custom mural exclusively for the St George Hotel in Helsinki.

Positioned in the main lounge of the hotel, ‘Lightnings in Tiger Woods’ benefits from a large roof window that lets in light during the day, while in the evening the space is softly lit. The changing mood through the day showcases the many elements of the intricate design printed on silk in Klaus’ distinctive house style. Using the atmosphere of the hotel itself as the basis for his creative inspiration, Haapaniemi’s piece takes visitors for an escapist journey into the woods, the changing light of the room revealing the details of the scene throughout the day. The rhythmic composition of tiger striped trunks and lush green tree tops withering in the wind suggest a sudden storm in an August afternoon.


 As much as the use of silk as a wall covering has its challenges, it gives an incomparable softness to the texture and an unmistakable shimmering pearlescent surface. The colour palette of deep earthy burgundies, greens, blues and greys tie into the rest of the interior, bringing the room together with a warm harmony, intended of surrounding visitors in magical woods during the autumn.

The mural is a permanent fixture of the St George Hotel. The Hotel guests can also enjoy subtle patterns of Klaus Haapaniemi fabrics in the rooms.


Klaus Haapaniemi x west elm

Oct 18, 2017

Limited edition collection for American decor company west elm for this Holiday season. 
Finnish designers Mia Wallenius + Klaus Haapaniemi draw on Finnish folklore, fantasy and nature for traditional designs with a modern twist. Just for us, they created a "sumptuous collection inspired by Northern European animals such as rabbits and lynx," of hand-loomed rugs, needlepoint pillows and stoneware tableware.

Collection is available online at here


Ten years of Taika

Jun 27, 2017

Taika series by Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala has become a modern classic.
To celebrate it's decade of success a special anniversary mug is released in July and will be available until end of the year.


The anniversary mug comes in a gift box and is a special collector's item. The familiar Owl has spread it's wings to fly and the pattern continues inside the mug and on it's ear. #iittala #taika #klaushaapaniemi

Black Lake exhibition in Lokal 30.3. - 30.4.2017

Apr 05, 2017


Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. has always had an appetite for crossing over from the worlds of interiors, design and fashion to art and performance. As well as maintaining long-term partnerships with various brands, there have also been a number of one-off bespoke projects which have brought a whole new perception of how the studio is interpreted. With Klaus’ unique storytelling ability, collaborations not only produce beautiful outcomes for both parties, but often create an entirely different creative outcome than originally intended.

It was through this story telling ability that the inspiration for Black Lake was born. Created from an imagined volcanic landscape surrounding a remote lakeside summerhouse in Iceland - and then fashioned into a mysterious abstract print.




The main elements of the collection include a bespoke centrepiece sofa with hand engravings upholstered with the Black Lake print, a woven tapestry intended to be used as long rug to flow from a sofa to the floor, and finally a circular carpet which represents the dark steaming pond, biodiverse with strange foliage, water lilies and mysterious lava stones.

The furniture is custom-built by furniture studio Nikari, the tapestry woven in a British textile mill in Bristol, and finally the mysterious pond carpet is printed on wool in the Netherlands.

Before the furniture starts its journey to Iceland, it will be shown just once at the Lokal gallery along with other items of the Black Lake collection. As a result, special products including printed wool scarves and velvet clutches with the Black Lake print have been created to be sold exclusively at Lokal to mark the collaboration.




As well as this, an additional item will be exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Lokal will also show part of Klaus Haapaniemi’s Xenia etching series made with master printmaker studio, Himmelblau.



Polar Byzantine

Sep 16, 2016

Rich in both character and narrative, the Polar Byzantine collection by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. presents the art of storytelling through a series of beautifully crafted scarves.

The poetic story written by award winning Finnish author, Rosa Liksom tells lyrical animal story that evokes our inner feelings and connects our subconscious to universal nature. A true arctic odyssey. 

The hand bound collectors book contains the full story of Polar Byzantine and five designs printed on 100% silk, each one representing a chapter in the book. The scarves paint a vivid window into a dreamlike polar landscapes.

Narrated and animated by Vilja Achte, music by Lauri Porra.


Polar Byzantine for Moooi Carpets launched in Salone del Mobile, Milan

Apr 22, 2016

The Polar Byzantine collection by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. is storytelling in the form of rugs

Following on from the success of their previous partnership, Moooi have teamed with Klaus Haapaniemi for the second time with the release of a series of five rugs - adapting the designs from the recently launched 'Polar Byzantine' silk scarf collection. 

Inspired by the narrative of the original poetic story by award winning Finnish author, Rosa Liksom, each of the carpets tells the story of magical Arctic animals, fleeing the melting landscape to live in an ice palace far away. Thanks to Moooi's advanced high resolution printing methods, each carpet has achieved an almost three dimensional quality and colour vibrancy - drawing you into the mystical world of the 'Polar Byzantine'. The collection was subsequently launched in Milan as part of the Salone del Mobile. 


Vulpes - Mystical foxes by Klaus Haapaniemi

Feb 02, 2016
Iittala’s glass blowing experts turn Haapaniemi’s Vulpes foxes into art glass objects, making his imaginative world come alive.


Iittala’s new Vulpes foxes are exquisite objects of contemporary glass art and are designed by Klaus Haapaniemi, an internationally known artist whose work is loved for his wondrous, imaginative visual worlds that combine nature, fairytales and fantasy to mystical elements.

His close collaboration with Iittala's skilled art glass teams have given birth to new collection of glass art based on artists detailed drawings.

The blowers have succeeded in the challenging task of creating mouth blown Vulpes objects. The foxes are made by combining complicated hot and cold working techniques using the highest precision. The artist’s vision, practiced techniques and the best-in-class blowers give the foxes their unique features and characteristics that hold true to Haapaniemi’s vision.

To Haapaniemi, the fox is an intriguing motif that connects to mythology. “Foxes are veiled by a certain mystery, though at the same time they are very common animals. The fox is portrayed in fairy tales and beliefs where it often outwits its opponents with its superior intellect, reminding us of the importance of independent thinking.”

In Finland the fox lights up the northern lights by swishing its tail in the night; in Japan foxes are messengers and the carriers of light. All this makes the fox a very special animal to explore, the artist says. “A fox transforms well to in to a glass object: the fragility and the transformation has both feminine and masculine elements, yet the same time difficult to craft, sometimes unpredictable and fragile material. Glass has foxy character.”

Klaus Haapaniemi´s Vulpes are true collectors´ items that will keep and increase their value over time. They are not only distinctive interior elements, but they also work, for example, as a centrepiece at the festive dinner table.

There are two foxes to choose from: a copper-coloured, standing Vulpes Red Fox and a blue-shaded Vulpes Silver Fox. A certificate of authenticity signed by Klaus Haapaniemi is enclosed with the product.

Klaus Haapaniemi has previously created two collections of unique glass objects for Iittala. He is best known for the decorative ceramic tableware Taika (2007) and Tanssi (2015) for Iittala.


Klaus Haapaniemi tells about the concept and ideas behind the opera costumes

Mar 28, 2015

The visual concept opened to me as a ballroom like ensemble which would feel like a forest. To follow this it felt natural to visualise the costume design as clothing with references to history of fashion, not a specific time or style but a combination of many. The costume design had to stay light and be flexible and dynamic for moving on the stage but also be visually impactful and detailed with strong graphic silhouettes. It was very important to me to create costumes that would give a direction to the performers for their character studies.

I wanted to use natural materials like wool and silk as much as possible. It was really interesting to get to use the Opera ateliers, the costume studio, hat makers, the dye department and the cobblers are unique in their incredible skills.

My aim was to give each costume a recognisable character and it was strongly based on the hand sewn geometric patterns and the focal point of each outfit are the hats that give each costume their distinctive look. The hats are one of the most important parts of the whole visual concept of the Cunning Little Vixen. The hat like head pieces that are functional in the fast choreography are successful only because the incredible skill of their makers.

I divided the costumes in two categories in my mind. Animals and humans.
Animals I saw as naturally flamboyant creatures who shamelessly flaunt their decorative features and shine. The humans I wanted to show as simpler and modest and almost clumsy crowd who are identifying their social or professional status. Both groups I wanted to unify with graphic embroidery and patterns that would take this production from the world of Janacek to more scandinavian and nordic world with it’s own aesthetic.


the Fox and the Vixen
Main roles were in my mind a lot not only because they are on stage most of the time, but while sketching the characters they were the easiest. They look like they are naturally part of the whole set and pattern that runs through all the animals. Their silhouette is most streamlined, edgiest and most finalised. The stole like tails are coved in fringes and they help the performers to create coquettish and seductive Vixen and Fox their Cunning character. The fox cubs are a cute variation of their parents costumes.


The Badger
My interpretation of the badger is slightly introvert, noble loner in his own hole, and I associated the character in a Tudor world.

The Rabbits
I saw the rabbits more harlequin like compared to the more low-key animals. Also mixing the roles sexes made the characters more interesting. A detail I find amusing is the tail combined with a Scottish sporran.


The Frogs
The challenge for the frog costume was the wide trimmed hat which together with pleated shirt collar give an impression of the wide frog’s mouth. This was functionally challenging because the frogs jump and leap in the choreography.


The Owl
I wanted to make the owl one of the most stand out costumes, partly because it’s role is so short on stage. Starched laces make the owl look victorian which was an unusual subject for that time.

Just like the owl Jay is only a short but beautiful fleeting moment on the stage. I wanted to make the costume multilayered feather coat with metallic blue and pastel shades. The complicated cape/wing is layered on top and Jay is crowned with a light but humorous cap that looks like a red beak.


Guinea Fowl
I imagined guinea fowl as mysterious and provocative creature hiding partly behind a mask, bit like in archetypes of Commedia dell’arte, but also massive and comical presence. Hand beaded velvet cape and complex head piece makes the guinea fowl one of the most memorable characters in Cunning Little Vixen.

Hens and the Cock
Ones of the most successful in use of material and colour as well as fine dress making skills. Starting point for the hats was Inca head pieces. Decorations are based on simple and geometric patterns that are visible from back of the theatre.


The Woodpecker
The woodpecker is simple and graphic in it’s colour palette and silhouette which I think gives a hint of the singer’s vocal range. Silky materials and applications makes the costume shine like a feather coat and the high shoulders give the woodpecker strong and dramatic masculine/feminine attitude.


The Squirrel
I imagined the squirrel flirty but playful creature whose tail would be a kind of fur stole. I didn’t want to use fake or real fur for the costumes but we found an alternative in mohair wool.


The Hedgehog
The basis for the hedgehog was Denzil Ibbertson drawing of St. Hlelen prisoner Napoleon. I tried to convey the melancholic loneliness and stubbornness of that drawing.