Tanssi (the Finnish word for “dance”) is a visual continuation of the magical world created by artist Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala. Similar to the Taika series by Haapaniemi, the products in the Tanssi collection impress with fantastical motives and colours reminiscent of a magical forest’s inhabitants.
Haapaniemi was inspired by the Czech opera “The Cunning Little Vixen”, which is a sad and also beautiful story about the coexistence of animals and humans and the eternal circle of life.
The Cunning Little Vixen (originally: Příhody lišky Bystroušky) is an opera by Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The opera was created between 1921 and 1923 based on a novella by Rudolf Těsnohlídek. The opening night took place in November of 1924 and the opera of Helsinki performed this work again in 2015. Klaus Haapaniemi - how could it be any different - was involved in the visual design of the opera.
Although different from earlier patterns such as Taika, Korento or Satumetsä, Tanssi nevertheless once again emphasises the striking and highly detailed style of Klaus Haapaniemi. The pattern tells its own story and enriches everyday life with cultural references and a hint of nostalgia.
The Tanssi Metal Box adds to the Iittala Collection by Klaus Haapaniemi a practical storage box. It can be used as cookie jar, as a storage box for small treasures and memories, for writing tools or for buttons – Wherever it is placed, this metal box is a highlight because of its magical motifs.