A young vixen, or female fox, is captured by a forest ranger and obliged to learn to live among humans. The vixen finally escapes to freedom and the proper life of a fox, however short that may be. Featuring a cast of animal characters, this opera resembling a fairy tale is suitable for the whole family.
Leoš Janáček depicted tragic human characters in his works but also demonstrated a profound understanding of nature. The Cunning Little Vixen is an insightful study about the relationship between the restrictions of human life and the freedom of the animal kingdom.
A fantastically imaginative realisation of the colourful world of animals is presented in the opera set design début of internationally recognised designer Klaus Haapaniemi. The director and choreographer are Immo Karaman and Fabian Posca, who created the acclaimed production of Doctor Atomic.
Designed by Klaus Haapaniemi and Taneli Mansikkamäki and Made in Finland from polished brass, with clear lacquer and American walnut, these artistic pendant lights will be shown in three designs and sizes: bee, bat and pinecone, with the motifs created by small perforations in the brass. When the light is off the designs are subtle and intriguing; when turned on the light shines through the tiny holes making for an ethereal glow.
Limited-edition range of upholstered wood sofas in collaboration with the Finnish sustainable-wood furniture brand, Nikari. Klaus Haapaniemi and Nikari are re-launching the limited-edition redesign of Nikari’s classic JRA3 as BLOOM sofa during this month’s London Design Festival. Haapaniemi has customized the popular birch sofa with an angled back engraved by Nikari craftsmen with a series of original patterns. The soft elements have been upholstered in Haapaniemi’s new Nocturnal Bloom fabrics, also launching this month.
In the new Iittala Taika parts Klaus Haapaniemi has re-examined the animal characters. "The new parts bring the characters to the fore. I have played around with them—the fox has for example curled up into a ball." The way the pattern is incorporated onto the surfaces brings a sense of lightness to the series. "To me, the shape dictates how the pattern is used," Haapaniemi says. "I was inspired by Art Nouveau style compositions, where the pattern is in a controlled collision with the shape of the dish." See all the parts on Iittala website