Kicking offthis week at Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi’s east-London studio is a seriesof quarterly pop-up shops (with further dates next year in March, June andSeptember), hosted in collaboration with designer Mia Wallenius, his life and business partner. Their debutoffering is full to bursting with original festive inspiration for those in search of charmingly unusual cards, gifts and decorations.
The shopglows with the rich colours and imagery of Scandinavian folklore. Birds,mammals, insects and flowers feature in the gloriously intricate designs onHaapaniemi’s textiles, including gorgeous scatter cushions (from £60), throwsand bedspreads (£395), bolster cushions (£95), floor cushions (£195) andmagnificent, hand-tufted rugs (£3,800). Look out for the silk Black Hare and Fox cushions (first picture, £79 each) that are exclusive editions createdfor the December pop-up.
Glamoroussilk scarves (£110) with elegant spider or racing rabbit designs makedelightful gifts, and there are also stocking fillers, such as geometric and floral-patterned Fiskars scissors (second picture, from £15), exclusivelyavailable here. Iittala’s Haapaniemi-decorated ceramic tableware, such as the Korento bowl (£17.50), mug (£16.50), flat plate (from £18) – all in third picture – and oval plate (£49), have a stylish sense of fun that lasts beyond the season’s festivities.Alongside beautifully illustrated cards (£8) and decorations, includinghandmade paper snowflakes (£14), are limited-edition Haapaniemi prints, among them a special Christmas one, Noel Russo (£105, unframed).