Tanssi (the Finnish word for “dance”) is a visual continuation of the magical world, which was created by the artist Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala. The products of the Tanssi collection convince with fantasy motives and colours, reminding us of the inhabitants of undiscovered forests.
Haapaniemi was inspired by the Czech opera “The Cunning Little Vixen”, which is a sad and also beautiful history about the coexistence of animals and humans and the eternal circle of life.
The Cunny Little Vixen (originally: Příhody lišky Bystroušky) is an opera by the Czech compositor Leoš Janáček. The opera emerged between 1921 and 1923 based on a novel by Rudolf Těsnohlídek. The opening night took place in November of 1924 and the opera of Helsinki presented this work again in 2015. Klaus Haapaniemi was called to equip the scenery, of course.
Tanssi is different to other patterns like Taika, Korento or Satumestä, but it still emphasizes the distinctive and detailed style of Klaus Haapaniemi. The pattern tells its own story and it enriches our days with the cultural reference and a hint of nostalgia.
The Tanssi napkins complete the Iittala collection by Klaus Haapaniemi. The combination of napkins and dishes give a unique, magical something to every served table, spreading a hint of nostalgia and romanticism.