Vancouver-based designer and art director Petra Kaksonen

 ABOUT PETRA 

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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 and Europe.

 

Inspired by simplicity and functionality of Nordic design, I design colourful, minimalist art prints, patterns and products and textiles for modern homes and spaces. I mostly work with paper creating cutout collages that I use as a starting point for my designs – whether it's rugs, bedding, pillows, throws and home textiles and decor. 

 

I 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 – visually as well as culturally.

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.

Contact me to learn more about my trade program for industry professionals.

 

To request a 2022 pattern book for licensing, click here.