Iittala - Tanssi Collection

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Tanssi (the Finnish word for “dance”) is a visual continuation of the magical world, which was created by the artist Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala. Similar to the Taika series by Haapaniemi, 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 whole Tanssi Collection includes many products, like dishes, accessories and home textiles. The Tanssi Collection is also combinable with other collections and decors of Iittala. This is how the distinctive and magical dishes of the Tanssi Collection suit the classic Teema or Taika dishes or the glass products of the Senta and Kartio products.


The colourful inhabitants of the mystical forest captured on the tableware

The colourful inhabitants of the mystical forest captured on the tableware, a deer charming the forest with the sounds from his flute, a badger showing off in his fur coat and silk shoes, and the vixen and a fox dancing in the shadows of the trees. With a nod to Art Deco, Tanssi also pays homage to the era of the birth of the 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.


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