Designer Klaus Haapaniemi (born 1970) was dubbed one of most important rising stars in illustration and design by the international WGSN trend analysis service. After graduating as a graphic designer from the Lahti Institute of Design, Finland, the now London-based creative has had no shortage of success. He has commissioned work for both Marimekko and iittala and gained a loyal following for the folkloric storytelling power of his designs like Taika. In 2015, Haapaniemi made his opera set design début by creating the visual world for the performances of the opera Cunning Little Vixen performed in Finnish National Opera January 2015. It was this work that inspired his newest design for iittala: Tanssi.