PHOTO BY ADESSA HEIKKINEN
Hello and welcome!
My name is Petra Kaksonen and I am a Vancouver-based designer with more than 20 years of graphic design and art direction experience in working with clients in North America, Europe and Japan.
Inspired by simplicity and functionality of Nordic design, I design colourful, minimalist art prints, patterns and products for modern homes and spaces. I work with paper creating cutout collages that are the starting point for my designs from rugs and throws to pillows and bedding.
I love to play with colour and scale – leaving room for some fun expected surprises.
At the heart of every projects there are great people with a strong vision and shared values. I believe in fostering long-term relationships with global partners – creating together well-loved, long-lasting and beautiful, everyday products.
I grew up in Finland, where I spent my childhood running around in polkadots and stripes – clothes made by my fashion-forward, feisty Karelian grandmother – igniting a deep passion for bold patterns and textiles. Surrounded by lakes and forests, my summer cabin in Eastern Finland is my creative, happy place that brings me endless source of inspiration and joy.
I spent years traveling around the world and especially my time in Japan and Africa left a lasting impression on me.
If you are looking for a creative collaborator or are interested in partnerships or licensing, come say hello! I would love to hear from you.