Wrap Loves #11
08.04.21 Words by Stephanie Hartman

Wrap Loves #11

From a new book about one of our favourite Italian illustrators, to workshops inspired by Japanese flower arranging and the 70th birthday celebrations of one of Finland’s biggest design houses – here's the Wrap team’s latest pick of people and projects we adore right now.
08.04.21 Words by Stephanie Hartman

Olimpia Zagnoli’s new book

Colour is at the very heart of Olimpia Zagnoli’s work and this beautiful new publication spanning 10 years of her career puts it front and centre. Caleidoscopica charts the Italian illustrator’s joyful output, packing drawings, prints, neons and sculptures made by Olimpia into its 148 bright pages. As well as her super-slick finished imagery, the book also offers a fascinating glimpse into Olimpia's working process with sketchbook pages, photos and doodles sprinkled throughout, interspersed with pieces of text from leading creative figures responding to her work.

Get your copy published by Lazy Dog Books here.

Sculptural candles by Ann Vincent

Unconventional in shape, these candles designed by multidisciplinary artist Ann Vincent resemble clay towers rather than poured wax forms. Based in Ghent, Belgium, Ann makes tabletop sculptures that are both functional and fun, as part of her practice exploring material, form and utility – poured into moulds and finished by hand with a sculpting knife, each one is unique. This earthy set would make a gorgeous addition to any dinner table...if you can bear to burn them.


Marimekko's 70th anniversary

2021 marks the 70th anniversary of legendary Finnish design house Marimekko, and the brand isn't letting a little thing like a global pandemic scupper celebrations. This year there will be a particular spotlight on the cutting edge pattern making at the very core of the brand; it will see the launch of an online print library of 365 designs for the public to explore, as well as a book published by Thames & Hudson in May showcasing the bounty of beautiful prints Marimekko has developed since it launched in 1951.

The brand has also collaborated with a number of artists and designers to reinterpret heritage designs in exciting new ways. The first of the four ‘Co-created’ series saw Wrap collaborator Antti Kekki and Matts Bjolin design a limited edition capsule collection with collage influences, combining iconic prints from the Marimekko archive alongside quotes from founder Armi Ratia and photos from the vaults.

Find out more about their celebrations and upcoming collections here.

Frukebana workshops

Influenced by Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging, Frukebana is a two-part workshop series reimagining the concept and bringing meditative still-life drawing into the mix too. Launched during lockdown by floral artist Kasia Borowiecka and art director Olivia Bennett, the online classes take participants through a series of mindful drawing exercises before they create their own sculptures from everyday fruit and flora – inspired by the Ikebana flower arranging principles, which date back to the 6th century. Head over to the Frukebana Instagram page, which is flooded with beautiful arrangements, ahead of the pair’s next workshop this Saturday 10th April in collaboration with the Van Gogh House in London.

Quick – book your spot here!

Seb Curi's 'Hand' prints

Every few months Argentinian illustrator Sebastian Curi sets about creating a new silk screen print depicting big, beautiful hands. Having designed a limited edition set of primary hued high-fives for the Trimarchi Festival a few years ago, his love for drawing digits lingered, and he’s been intrigued by their form ever since. His most recent prints are finished in blue tones and produced in Los Angeles, where he’s now based.

Get your own hands on one here.