I am so excited to share this with you today. Last week hubby return from Europe with six teacups and saucers from the various countries he visited. Yes, I am one blessed gal! They are all very pretty and I will share each one in the days ahead. Though he did not go to Finland, he bought this Taika (Magic) teacup and saucer for me as a surprise. I had seen this set at the American Swedish Institute here in Minneapolis when I visited in the spring. I thought the design looked rather whimsical but passed up on getting it at the time.
Taika means magic in Finnish. This bold and exuberant pattern was designed by Klaus Haapaniemi and Heikki Orvola and comes in four colors – black, white, red, and blue. The illustrations are folkloric and are supposed to inspire one’s imagination and storytelling.
Dishes in this series combine the clean and practical Teema design by Kaj Franck in 1952, said to be the conscience of Finnish design. It is great for everyday use as the cup is very robust and easy to handle. The highly glazed striking cobalt blue background color of the teacup and saucer matches my Bee House teapot perfectly.
Let’s put the kettle on, it is time for tea!