Rather than fearing the dark and cold, this year we will be getting extra cosy as a family. Unwinding on the sofa in front of our wood burning stove, curled up under a soft blanket or two.
Creating a soothing sense of warmth and calm when you get home at night is definitely one way to beat the winter gloom, and certainly something our Nordic neighbours know a thing or two about.
A way of living
For weaving company Lapuan Kankurit it is more than a way of living. Based in Finland, over their one hundred year history, they’ve become renowned for designing effortlessly cool soft furnishings that are beautifully made as well as serving a practical purpose.
Headed up by Jaana and Esko Hjelt, who are fourth-generation weavers, this family-run business has good design, quality craftsmanship and sustainable aesthetics at its heart.
A sense of community
Working together, the production team is as tight-knit as the products themselves. They too are woven together by their inherent skills and a sense of community.
What really stands out for me is how everything produced is a joint effort. Pride is taken in preserving ancient craft traditions, sourcing quality natural materials, as well as giving the very best up and coming designers, from both Finland and abroad, the opportunity to explore new approaches and techniques.
An honest beauty
Neither minimalist nor fussy, their latest collection has an honest beauty about it that mirrors the Finnish landscape itself.
It features sumptuous mohair and wool blankets such as the gorgeous ‘Sara’, cushion covers and timeless bed linen (which I will be investing in as soon as possible), as well as kitchen, dining and bath textiles. There are also luxurious scarves, bathrobes and super cute hot water bottles too.
The tones and patterns used also give you a sense of just how influential this relationship with nature is. The prominent grey tones and organic patterns also incorporate an on-trend orange, olive, burgundy and the deepest, darkest blue.
Warmth and togetherness
With pieces that stand the test of time, this collection shows that warmth and togetherness are what matters most, even if it’s bleak and stormy outside.
To find out more about the collection visit the Lapuan Kankurit website.
Lapuan Kankurit kindly gifted my ‘Sara’ blanket, but all words and opinions are my own.
Most photography by Nicola Capper; images 5 and 6 via Lapuan Kankurit.