Finnish Design Duo Saana ja Olli say they have had:
“Enough of tacky low quality souvenirs produced on the other side of the world! Our new Turku series is truly local and it depicts the best kept secrets and beautiful spots of Turku, Finland.”
Pictured above, their printed Turku series tea towel is depicted within an in-situ shot of Kuralan Kylämäk – “a village of living history.” Just outside of Turku city center is under constant threat from large construction companies.
Dating from the late 19th century, Kauppahalli is a market building filled with small, independent boutiques.
Saana ja Olli is an award-winning design company from Turku, Finland. They’ve done a lot of work in both Finland and Japan. All of the duo’s designs, like the ‘Seitsemän palaasit’ printed cushions pictured above, sit happily in their space. They have a laid-back charm that is captivating.
“We produce our own 100% hemp textile collection manufactured transparently and locally in Southwestern Finland. In our works we value rectitude, timelessness and human touch. ” – Saana ja Olli
“For the Seitsemän palaa print, we drew large amount of patterns that we constructed into kaleidoscopic form, according to shapes of ancient tangram transformation puzzle games.” – Saana ja Olli
The printed Myrskyn jälkeen (After the Storm) pattern on a tablecloth and a pinny (above) combine hand-drawn elements from ‘chaotic nature’ within a grid-like structure.
The Villi Pohjola collection (The Wild Northland) gains its inspiration from “days spent in a summer house in the Finnish archipelago.” Hand drawn, the print reflects the proximity to the sea and “small dreamy seaside towns.”
It was a fairy tale beginning for the designer couple:
“We met each other in 2004, at a music festival in the woods of Oripää, Finland. Soon afterwards we started dating and ended up studying textile design together. We realised the current market was lacking in sustainably produced interior textiles we liked. Saana ja Olli as a company started in the autumn of 2008 as we retreated to a secluded cottage in Padasjoki, Southern Finland.”
Maailman synty (The Birth of the World): Rustic and ethnic, it’s built upon a rich mythic tradition recorded in traditional Finnish wall rug design and woven from age-old creation myths.
Yö metsässä -pattern (A Night in the Forest) – like many traditional fairy tales, it tells a story about life in the forest:
“Our inspiration stems from traditional Finnish lifestyle blended with magical elements, an old weird Finland that never existed.” – Sana ja Olli