Iittala Graphics is a collection of unique visual expressions from various designers. The series empowers each designer’s creative freedom on a mug as an essential object that is an important part of our daily life. The diversity of the visual expressions provides an exciting variation that allows you to make a personal choice for daily moments, either shared or alone.
Speckle by Linda Linko
Artist Linda Linko, who lives and works in Helsinki, is known for the hands-on, thoughtful approach to her work. Behind this approach is Linda's love for experimental collage, mixed media and hand-painted typography, making her work passing for fine art over design.
A new pattern, Speckle, was introduced to the Iittala Graphics collection in 2019. Linda Linko drew inspiration for the new Iittala Graphics mug from a place in the middle of the forest where she spends a lot of time. In there Linda has a garden and she describes how each year nature tries to take it over and, despite having been tamed with stone steps, the wilderness still pushes through. The Speckle pattern has a mystical blue background colour with organic, bright-coloured shapes – perhaps a nocturnal garden or a field of flowers.
Solid waves by Magnus Voll Mathiassen
Minimalistic portrait artist and designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen (better known as MVM) champions the simplistic.
Nothing beats to get to know a client over many ears by doing projects based on building trust in each other, says Norwegian designer and illustrator Magnus Voll Mathiassen. Magnus’ portfolio is predominantly portrait based, working with block colours to highlight facial shadows and characteristics. He also experiments with mixed media, handmade and digital collage, always sticking firmly to finding grace in stripping subjects back to their bare minimum.
Anemone by Ugo Gattoni
Master of the fine-liner Ugo Gattoni works as an ambitious artist, art director and illustrator for high-end clients from his home in Paris.
Ugo Gattoni is a Parisian born and bred artist and art director, whose surreal and exquisitely detailed portraits, depictions of cityscapes, and strange, otherworldly objects and artefacts are renowned worldwide for their unparalleled level of skill. Working predominantly with graphite or ink, Ugo’s work is a monochromatic whirlwind of minute details, dreamlike characters and typography.
Distortion by Merijn Hos
Bags of joy from Merijn Hos, the Utrecht-based illustrator who can liven up the dullest of briefs. Merijn Hos is a visual artist living and working in Utrecht.
Although he creates joyful, bonkers illustrative work for unlikely clients such as Bose, Red Bull, Google, The Guardian and Keds among others, Merijn is also renowned for his beautiful wooden sculptures sold as pieces of art to his ever-growing fanbase. His curious, optimistic characters and passion for mixed-media are testament to Merijn’s ability to make every brief as important as the last, and treat every commission with the same respect and attention as his personal work.
Shaped/Shifted by Christopher DeLorenzo
Christopher DeLorenzo’s work is informed by literature and writing; something very much evident in the way each of his simple monochrome drawings manages to convey a rich narrative in black, white and charm.
Boston-based Christopher DeLorenzo’s character-driven work is based on his philosophy that everything can be a portal into something. Equally informed by his love for film and passion for literature, he crafts illustrations that bridge ideas through the foundations of shapes. A master at paring down forms to find their most iconic qualities, the artist work navigates skilfully between illustration, type and design. He loves finding the poetry in simple solutions and his deceptively straightforward, monochromatic drawings are loaded with playful metaphors.