Two Finnish designers to check out

Helsinki Design Week, September 7–17: Lotta Nieminen and Klaus Haapaniemi are two Finnish designers out of the many whose talent, skill and products appear in connection with top international brands.

New York-based illustrator and graphic designer Lotta Nieminen’s work includes illustrations for Facebook’s events and Google’s calendar apps.

Nieminen is the creator of strikingly colourful, nuanced illustrations for clients such as IBM, Hermès and the New York Times.

“Pancakes! An Interactive Recipe Book” forms one of Lotta Nieminen’s newest accomplishments.Photo: Lotta Nieminen

She has even made it onto Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. A graduate of Aalto University in Helsinki, she has designed everything from window display illustrations to children’s books. Her most recent work is her illustrated children’s book Pancakes! An Interactive Recipe Book.

Arctic odyssey

This scarf by Klaus Haapaniemi is part of the series “Polar Byzantine,” which follows a story by Finnish author Rosa Liksom. “A true arctic odyssey,” says Haapaniemi’s website.Photo: Klaus Haapaniemi

Inspired by folklore and nature, Klaus Haapaniemi is a London-based designer and the cofounder of the design and lifestyle brand Klaus Haapaniemi & Co.

His impressive résumé includes work for global brands such as Christian Louboutin and Established & Sons, and his designs inspired by mythological elements can also be found on Iittala’s tableware and even on the opera stage. Since 2010, he has had his own shop on the popular Redchurch Street in London.

By Tiia Rask, ThisisFINLAND Magazine 2017