Tuokka by Katja Mustaniemi

Katja Mustaniemi is a creative designer from Finland who designed the Tuokka backpack as part of her final thesis at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. it is such a beautiful piece, and i absolutely loved seeing her entire design process on her website. now the question is, where can we buy one?

Inspiration for this work came from deep down – from my childhood in Finnish forests and growing up in scandinavian functionality. I studied the technique of birch bark (basket) weaving and designed and made a backpack with attachable pockets. The pockets also function as additional compartments or separate handbags, and are sized for modern everyday objects like a smartphone and a tablet. Easy and durable closure is created by using magnets and snap fasteners. Material used is recycled leather. My goal was to reproduce a functional and aesthetic product which brings the traditional and historically important craft into the present.

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11 Responses to Tuokka by Katja Mustaniemi

  1. Harmony Thursday 19 September, 2013 at 5:50 pm #


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  2. maggie Thursday 19 September, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Absolutely stunning!

  3. Trix Friday 20 September, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    Beautiful and functional, exactly what a backpack should be.

  4. Leanne Friday 20 September, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Great idea and beautiful execution. I love how she is combining traditional craft with modern style and functionality!

  5. Eva Saturday 21 September, 2013 at 3:54 pm #


  6. Lindsey Sunday 22 September, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    This is such a cool bag! Love to see unique design and processes !

  7. Zoe Turner Sunday 22 September, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    Love love love the stereo gram dress but not sure if the black n white print would work on me. But those sandals! And in lilac! I would wear these till they perish :)

  8. caitlin rose Sunday 22 September, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    wow! I’ve always loved woven leather, but this really takes it to the next level!

  9. Iwona Sunday 22 September, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Cool backpack!!! I like very much and very original idea:)


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