Finnish-British designer Sanna Annukka spent many childhood summers in her mother’s home village of Paltaniemi in Northern Finland. The architecture, clothing, animals, and wilderness of this region have given her a rich well of inspiration to draw on for creating her signature colourful patterns and prints. Growing up with a close relationship to nature influences her distinct aesthetic: themes of wilderness and Finnish landscapes are tinged with a retro, nostalgic feel and the magical quality of fairytales.
The printmaker and textile designer is behind several popular patterns and prints for Marimekko, using playful geometries and clear references to the rich wildlife in Scandinavian forests. Her strong graphic approach and daring palettes have helped her establish her personal brand as well, and she splits her time between designing collections for Marimekko and developing her own range of silkscreen designs.