– Klaus Haapaniemi, Finnish Designer
In creating his "secret" Series 25 Bearbrick (above), it's obvious that Klaus' imagination was in full force, judging from the exuberant shower of color, detail, and patterns.
The original 15cm ceramic owl from which the design was based (below) is available for sale on his online store for about $225.
The owl is a widely popular motif in design. Because of its striking silhouette and distinct features, it has been interpreted in many inventive ways in illustrations/graphics, jewellery, decor, fashion, toys, etc. But Haapaniemi's owl design, with its intricate and ornamental patterns characteristic of Scandinavian folk art, stands out and overwhelms.
That is why I think Klaus' bearbrick is the best of Series 25. Find more of his beautiful work here.
So what do you think? Is the age of imagination about to end? Or is it that truth has become more interesting than fiction?
Bearbrick pic and digital imaging by Yours Truly / Copyright March 2013 Bearbrick Love / Haapaniemi Ceramic Owl pic and flower details from klaush.com / Klaus Haapaniemi interview excerpt from Blanca Juti / Haapaniemi pic from iitala.com