We’ve been huge fans of Sanna Annukka ever since she designed biscuit tins for M&S.
The Fir Tree is a cautionary tale by Hans Christian Andersen about living for the moment.
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!
Annukka’s illustrations are exquisite – collages of multicoloured triangles. There’s something indecipherable about the style of her illustrations that reveals her Finnish heritage…
…the influence of landscape, nature and the folk art tradition.
This book would make a perfect Christmas present for child or adult!
It’s available from the publishers Hutchinson as well as on Amazon and Hive.
[Many thanks to Hutchinson for the review copy]
Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…
…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.
Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.
She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas – it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!
We’ve bought ours early this year – they’re sure to be popular again.
We’ll be giving a few tins as presents – but some will have to go under our own tree!!
They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.
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.
Here are the actual illustrations from the book…
…published in 1961.
It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house – looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!
We think this is a future classic… having said that, it probably already is!
This biscuit tin was sold through Marks & Spencer only this Christmas gone. They’re already being resold for £15-£20 (without the Swiss biscuits!).
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.
It reminds us of this original 1960s travel poster we had framed to display in our Picture House Antiques centre pitch.
Not only the general style, but also the landscapes and even the colours.
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.
We might have been tempted to pack a flask & sandwiches… and hop on board for our ‘carefree’ trip through the countryside!