Finnish Design Duo Saana ja Olli’s Gorgeous Cushions and Textiles



Turku printed tea towel

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.

Saana ja Olli Turku tea towel

Now you see it – soon you won’t?

Their ‘Turku’ series tea towel (above) is a print of the “old wooden building of the nightclub Dynamo.” Standing on one of the most desirable plots of land in Turku city center, the duo believes its shelf life is in danger:
“With this series we aim to promote endangered cityscapes” – Saana ja Olli
 Saana ja Olli Turku tea towel
The planning of a new bridge will endanger this classic view of the Aurajoki  (River Aura).
Saana ja Olli Turku tea towel

Dating from the late 19th century, Kauppahalli is a market building filled with small, independent boutiques.

The Turku series is hand printed in the Saana ja Olli workshop in Sepänkatu, Finland, and the tea towels, which are also available as interior pillows and cushions, are sewn and made up at Saramäentie, Turku. The tea towels  can be used in table settings or displayed on the wall.

 

Saana ja Olli Seitsemän palaa Finnish design 100% hemp fabric Made in Finland Avainlippu Photo Suvi Kesäläinen Uusikaupunki

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

Saana ja Olli Seitsemän palaa Finnish design 100% hemp fabric Made in Finland Avainlippu Photo Suvi Kesäläinen Uusikaupunki

The perfect tea time setting.

“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

Saana ja Olli Seitsemän palaa Finnish design 100% hemp fabric Made in Finland Avainlippu Photo Suvi Kesäläinen Uusikaupunki

Seitsemän palaa printed bags.

After the Storm - Saana ja Olli design

Saana ja Olli - After the Storm apron

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.

Saana ja Olli - Villi pohjola - Interior pillow - 6-2 - Photo Unto Rautio hi-res

The Wild Northland.

Saana ja Olli - Villi pohjola - Tea cosy + Container - 1-2 - Photo Unto Rautio hi-res

Saana ja Olli - Villi pohjola - Tea towel-Table mat 45x70cm - 1 - Photo Unto Rautio hi-res

Small, dreamy seaside towns.

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.”

Saana ja Olli Maailman synty 100% Hemp fabric European Hemp Canvas bag Nordic design The best hemp textiles Made in Finland Avainlippu Valmistettu suomessa 100% Hamppukangas Hampputekstiilit

Maailman synty (The Birth of the World) – in 100% hemp.

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.”

Saana ja Olli Maailman synty 100% Hemp fabric European Hemp Interior pillow Nordic design The best hemp textiles Made in Finland Avainlippu Valmistettu suomessa Hamppukangas Hampputekstiilit

The Birth of the World

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.

Saana ja Olli Yö metsässä 100% Hemp fabric European Hemp Interior pillow The best hemp textiles Made in Finland Avainlippu Valmistettu suomessa Hampputekstiilit

A Night in the Forest

Saana ja Olli Yö metsässä 100% Hemp fabric European Hemp tea towel Table mat The best hemp textiles Made in Finland Avainlippu Valmistettu suomessa Hampputekstiilit

Saana ja Olli Yö metsässä 100% Hemp fabric European Hemp Bed linen The best hemp textiles Made in Finland Avainlippu Valmistettu suomessa Hampputekstiilit

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

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