Lokal has the honour of presenting
exclusively Klaus Haapaniemi & Co’s new
Black Lake collection in Helsinki from the
31st of April to the 30th of April 2017
Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. has always had an appetite for
crossing over from the worlds of interiors and design to
art and performance. As well as maintaining long- term
partnerships with various brands, there have also been a
number of one-of bespoke projects. With Klaus’ unique
storytelling ability, collaborations not only produce
beautiful collections for both parties, but often lead to an
entirely different creative outcome.
First commissioned by artist, Björk Gudmundsdottir,
Klaus Haapaniemi & Co. was enlisted to create
bespoke furniture for her remote house in Iceland.
Her description of the majestic surroundings sparked
Klaus’ imagination to create a woven tapestry that brings
the fantasy view to life.
Thus the inspiration for Black Lake was born. Created
from an imagined volcanic landscape surrounding a
remote lakeside summerhouse in Iceland - and then
fashioned into a mysterious abstract print.
The main elements of the collection include a bespoke
centrepiece sofa with hand engravings upholstered with
the Black Lake print, a woven tapestry intended to be
used as a long rug thrown over the sofa, and a circular
carpet which represents the dark steaming pond with
strange bio diverse of water lilies and mysterious lava
The furniture is custom-built by furniture studio Nikari,
the tapestry woven in a British textile mill in Bristol, and
finally the mysterious pond carpet is printed on wool in
Before the furniture starts its journey to Iceland, it
will be shown just once at the Lokal gallery in Helsinki
along with other items of the Black Lake collection. As a
result, special products including printed wool scarves
and velvet clutches with the Black Lake print have been
created to be sold exclusively at Lokal to mark the
As additional item and exhibited earlier only at Royal
Academy in London. Lokal shows part of Klaus
Haapaniemi’s Xenia etching series made with master
printmaker studio Himmelblau.