Exhibition 10: KLAUS HAAPANIEMI & Co.
12 November — 23 December 2021
On view by appointment until 15 February 2022!
STUDIO 4 BERLIN is excited to present the new collection by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co.
Based in Helsinki and Berlin, the artisanal design and lifestyle brand was founded by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius in 2010. Their design approach is influenced by mystical 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 & Co. 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 and kimonos.
The brand expanded into kids fashion line "Giants" in 2017 and began producing a seasonal women's fashion collection in 2018. Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. follows ethical principles in all production stages. Fair and equal collaboration and responsible use of resources are part of their design process.
For Exhibition 10 at STUDIO 4 BERLIN, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. return with their new collection PUU (transl. “Tree”), which is inspired by a special tree that is over 400 years old and known for its spiritual forces. For centuries, this tree has attracted people, particularly women, drawn by the supernatural. In the past, they were often labeled as witches and ended up being burned alive. In its core, the new collection is an ode to these women with a connection to the deepest secrets and forces of nature.
Haapaniemi’s designs are presented alongside rare Asian antiquities, such as a Chinese opium bed and a cloisonné alabaster lamp from the late Qing/early Republican era (19th century). Chairs from the Biedermeier period have been specifically upholstered with fabrics designed by Klaus Haapaniemi & Co., uniting contemporary art with classical design of the late 19th century.
On occasion of the exhibition, Klaus Haapaniemi commissioned a video-work by Finnish photographer and film-maker Perttu Saksa as well as a kaleidoscopic animation by 3D-artist and motion-designer Vilja Achté; both films are on view during the evening hours at STUDIO 4 BERLIN.
Fotos: Tommi Aittala
Wed. to Fri. 12—6pm
and by appointment