Posts Tagged ‘Sanna Annukka’

Bookmarks: The Fir Tree

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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"The Fir Tree" book illustrated by Sanna Annuka with Christmas baubles and sprig of holly with red berries

We’ve been huge fans of Sanna Annukka ever since she designed biscuit tins for M&S.

Christmas tree illustration in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

illustration of a group of mice in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

The Fir Tree is a cautionary tale by Hans Christian Andersen about living for the moment.

illustration of a campfire in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

illustrations of birds in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

Despite having what in reality is an ideal existence, the little tree feels that it’s missing out when other trees are taken from the forest to decorate local homes at Christmas. Eventually it is chosen… but we’ll leave it there, we don’t want to give too much away!

illustration of a man dragging the fir tree down some stairs

illustration of a group of children playing near the Christmas tree

Annukka’s illustrations are exquisite – collages of multicoloured triangles. There’s something indecipherable about the style of her illustrations that reveals her Finnish heritage…

illustration of a group of colourful Christmas baubles

illustration of a big golden sun shining down on a wood

…the influence of landscape, nature and the folk art tradition.

illustration of a wood burning stove

This book would make a perfect Christmas present for child or adult!

illustration of a tree being felled

illustration of a sailing ship

It’s available from the publishers Hutchinson as well as on Amazon and Hive.

illustration of a pair of horses pulling a cart full of logs

illustration of birds in fir trees

[Many thanks to Hutchinson for the review copy]

Tin-tastic!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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trio of Marks & Spencer biscuit tins designed by Sanna Annukka

Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…

Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas – it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!

detail from a Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing a Swiss milk maid

We’ve bought ours early this year – they’re sure to be popular again.

detail from a Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing alpine trees

We’ll be giving a few tins as presents – but some will have to go under our own tree!!

Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin

They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing a black Scottish terrier with a red tartan collar and lead and an envelope in his mouth

We recently posted a blog featuring illustrations by Miroslav Sasek – we don’t know who designed this tin – but it also has a vintage feel is very reminiscent of his work.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing legs of two mean and a woman and small flock of pigeons

Here are the actual illustrations from the book…

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book, "This is Edinburgh" by Miroslav Sasek

…published in 1961.

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book, "This is Edinburgh" by Miroslav Sasek

It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house – looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!

Takes the biscuit!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

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Marks & Spencer 125th anniversary commemerative biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

We think this is a future classic… having said that, it probably already is!

Marks & Spencer 125th anniversary commemerative biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

This biscuit tin was sold through Marks & Spencer only this Christmas gone. They’re already being resold for £15-£20 (without the Swiss biscuits!).

detail from Marks & Spencer 125th anniversary commemerative biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

It’s a special commemorative tin celebrating 125 years of Marks & Spencer. It was designed by Sanna Annukka. She’s half English and half Finnish – and the illustration has a real vintage Scandinavian feel.

vintage framed "carefree by coach" travel poster designed by Biggs

It reminds us of this original 1960s travel poster we had framed to display in our Picture House Antiques centre pitch.

detail of vintage framed "carefree by coach" travel poster designed by Biggs

Not only the general style, but also the landscapes and even the colours.

detail of vintage framed "carefree by coach" travel poster designed by Biggs detail of vintage framed "carefree by coach" travel poster designed by Biggs

The poster entitled Carefree by Coach is signed by ‘Bigg’. We have to confess, we’ve not been able to find out anything about him or her… but it’s a fantastic illustration.

detail of vintage framed "carefree by coach" travel poster designed by Biggs

We might have been tempted to pack a flask & sandwiches… and hop on board for our ‘carefree’ trip through the countryside!