Born in Brighton, England in 1983, Sanna Annukka is a half English, half Finnish designer and printmaker whose work is strongly inspired by her natural surroundings. Spending much of her childhood summers in the Lapland, it is only natural that the trees, animals and bodies of water in northern Finland's wilderness would transcend onto her lively designs.
After studying illustration at the University of Brighton and selling her screen prints in a London shop, her work was noticed by the British band Keane and featured on the group's album cover. Word quickly spread, and Annukka joined the Marimekko team of esteemed designers in 2008. Her first collection for the brand was inspired by the Kalevala, a famous piece of Finnish literature that originated where her grandmother was born.
Annukka's current work is largely influenced by Finnish Folklore and Scandinavian design from the 50's and 60's. Today, Annukka is still screen-printing at her studio and working on new designs for a wider range of products.