Klaus-Haapaniemi

Festive illustrations by Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi. Artist Klaus Haapaniemi and designer Mia Wallenius founded their design studio together back in January 2010. Their design approach is influenced by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist. Feast your eyes on their stunning creations.

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Klaus Haapaniemi

From book covers, to show window designs, to water bottle prints, to cushion covers, to decorative plates and so much more, Haapaniemi’s designs are very popular. His illustrations are influenced by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts with a modern twist. 

His work (especially the book covers) reminds of the Art Nouveu movement, such as the work of Alphonse Mucha. I feel that a combination of the work of Haapaniemi and Zouravliouv would create a fantastic floral, gothic, Art Nouveu masterpiece…pretty much the style I want to adopt myself! 

Again I have chosen an artist to look at who creates book cover designs, a path which I am very enthusiastic to take myself. I watched the film ‘Perfume’ and I think that the design does the story justice. A man obsessed with the smell of women who tries to capture the perfect female scent by killing beautiful women and preserving their odour via a complex method of distillation. The flowers represent the women’s beauty, the skill represents their deaths, the scissors represent how the man would cut their hair to smell, the black of the background enhances the dark nature of the book and the red of the ribbon could represent the themes of lust, danger and blood spilt throughout the book. Using objects to symbolise parts of the story is a route I want to explore.