Hypnopompic

Silk screen prints based on the surrealist tapestries from Kustaa's Hypnopompic exhibition. The works depict Kustaa's interpretation of the hypnopompic state of semiconsciousness — the hallucinatory and uncertain state upon waking between sleep and reality.

Hypnopompic

Silk screen prints based on the surrealist tapestries from Kustaa's Hypnopompic exhibition. The works depict Kustaa's interpretation of the hypnopompic state of semiconsciousness — the hallucinatory and uncertain state upon waking between sleep and reality.

Hypnopompic

Silk screen prints based on the surrealist tapestries from Kustaa's Hypnopompic exhibition. The works depict Kustaa's interpretation of the hypnopompic state of semiconsciousness — the hallucinatory and uncertain state upon waking between sleep and reality.

Hypnopompic

Silk screen prints based on the surrealist tapestries from Kustaa's Hypnopompic exhibition. The works depict Kustaa's interpretation of the hypnopompic state of semiconsciousness — the hallucinatory and uncertain state upon waking between sleep and reality.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa designs surreal wool tapestries for his Hypnopompic exhibition. The designs take inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna and ominous looking creatures.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa designs surreal wool tapestries for his Hypnopompic exhibition. The designs take inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna and ominous looking creatures.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa designs surreal wool tapestries for his Hypnopompic exhibition. The designs take inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna and ominous looking creatures.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa designs surreal wool tapestries for his Hypnopompic exhibition. The designs take inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna and ominous looking creatures.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa designs surreal wool tapestries for his Hypnopompic exhibition. The designs take inspiration from the state of sensory confusion that exists between sleep and wakefulness, using the visual delusions experienced during this strange period of consciousness to inspire a set of intricate psychedelic tapestries, busy with distorted flora and fauna and ominous looking creatures.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa continues his study of traditional jacquard weaving techniques with new additions to his Hypnopompic tapestry series, featuring glow in the dark patterns. The kaleidoscopic designs explore the surreal sensation of floating between dreaming and wakefulness. Photography by Josefina Eikenaar.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa continues his study of traditional jacquard weaving techniques with new additions to his Hypnopompic tapestry series, featuring glow in the dark patterns. The kaleidoscopic designs explore the surreal sensation of floating between dreaming and wakefulness. Photography by Josefina Eikenaar.

Hypnopompic

Kustaa continues his study of traditional jacquard weaving techniques with new additions to his Hypnopompic tapestry series, featuring glow in the dark patterns. The kaleidoscopic designs explore the surreal sensation of floating between dreaming and wakefulness. Photography by Josefina Eikenaar.

SmartPost

Playful artwork commissioned by Finnish SmartPost system, for a wall mural in Helsinki.

Kustaa for Nike

Continuing the tradition of celebrating the Chinese Zodiac, Kustaa creates custom patterns for Nike's 2014 Year of the Horse Jordan Melo M10's. The distinct pattern incorporates layers of the dark horse: vision, speed, unpredictability, and power. Zooming into the pattern reveals abstractions of these concepts layered with the physical attributes of the horse, for a rich graphic exploration of textures, shapes, and color.

Kustaa for Nike

Continuing the tradition of celebrating the Chinese Zodiac, Kustaa creates custom patterns for Nike's 2014 Year of the Horse Jordan Melo M10's. The distinct pattern incorporates layers of the dark horse: vision, speed, unpredictability, and power. Zooming into the pattern reveals abstractions of these concepts layered with the physical attributes of the horse, for a rich graphic exploration of textures, shapes, and color.

Pavilion

Pavilion by Gert Wingårdh & Kustaa Saksi: 1120 stacks of paper, 44000 suspension points, 700000 A3 sheets. The interior is spread out like a mosaic across the structure's domed ceiling, formed by thousands of sheets of concertina paper.

Pavilion

Pavilion by Gert Wingårdh & Kustaa Saksi: 1120 stacks of paper, 44000 suspension points, 700000 A3 sheets. The interior is spread out like a mosaic across the structure's domed ceiling, formed by thousands of sheets of concertina paper.

Pavilion

Pavilion by Gert Wingårdh & Kustaa Saksi: 1120 stacks of paper, 44000 suspension points, 700000 A3 sheets. The interior is spread out like a mosaic across the structure's domed ceiling, formed by thousands of sheets of concertina paper.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Montecore SS13

Pattern design for Montecore SS13 collection. Kustaa was inspired by dazzle camouflage, a stylistic technique used extensively on World War I ships, consisting of complex patterns of geometric and organic shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Husky Rescue

Illustrations for Husky Rescue's Deep Forest Green release. Kustaa combines bright colors in a psychedelic landscape composition.

Nissan

Visuals for real-time GPS artwork in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Helsinki. Produced in collaboration with Nissan. Bending what’s real and distilling what’s unreal, Kustaa combines organic touches and viscous shapes into new world psychedelia.

Lake Tahoe North

Illustrated campaign for Lake Tahoe North, featuring one of Kustaa's intriguing characters.

Lake Tahoe South

Illustrated campaign for Lake Tahoe South. Kustaa's organic shapes and arabesque lines easily remind us of dark woods, meandering rivers and steep mountain slopes.

Haapaneitty, Mettäntyttö

A children's book about being lost in the forest. It's a fairy tale with text, images and music. Story by Arja Puikkonen. Published by Nemo, Finland.

Haapaneitty, Mettäntyttö

A children's book about being lost in the forest. It's a fairy tale with text, images and music. Story by Arja Puikkonen. Published by Nemo, Finland.

Haapaneitty, Mettäntyttö

A children's book about being lost in the forest. It's a fairy tale with text, images and music. Story by Arja Puikkonen. Published by Nemo, Finland.

Haapaneitty, Mettäntyttö

A children's book about being lost in the forest. It's a fairy tale with text, images and music. Story by Arja Puikkonen. Published by Nemo, Finland.

Caspita

Collection illustrations for luxury jewelry label Caspita Genéve Chakras – fine jewelry by Arlène Bonnant.

Preen

Decorative pattern design for Preen. Renowned for its slouchy-futuristic elegance, the London based label is inspired by iconic Britishisms like Victoriana and punk rock.

Herman Smoking

Art print created for Kustaa's solo exhibition, The Heroes, showcased at Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam.

Totem

A beautifully detailed screen print created in limited edition for Art&Sole, an online resource that celebrates the creative side of sneaker culture.

Winter

Pattern created for Kustaa's solo exhibition, The Heroes, showcased at Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam.

Husky Rescue

Detail of an album package illustration for Husky Rescue, a Finnish electronic music band from Helsinki. Kustaa creates a retro-futuristic, kaleidoscopic landscape.

Vespa

Illustration for Piaggio's poster campaign with Dentsu Canada. Piaagio's iconic scooter is imaginatively refreshed for the Spring season.

Nike ACG

Graphic in-store installation for the Nike ACG 20th anniversary limited edition K2 expedition jacket.

It's Grim up North

Art print created for the cover of Offpiste – in the Land of Kustaa Saksi, published by Gestalten. Offpiste is the first book to bring Kustaa's dynamic work together in one place. Named after the skiing term where a skier deliberately goes off trail in undeveloped terrain, the book presents Kustaa Saksi's artistic journey like an off-piste skier.

Nike Running Gallery

Playful and enlightening teaser campaign images for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London.

Nike Running Gallery

Playful and enlightening teaser campaign images for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London.

Nike Running Gallery

Playful and enlightening teaser campaign images for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London.

Nike Running Gallery

Playful and enlightening teaser campaign images for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London.

Nike Running Gallery

Retro-futuristic landscape installation for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London. The installation is all about the historical fun journey of the Nike running shoe. The sprawling scene has a pop-art, retro feel, reflecting Nike’s brand history. Kustaa’s Volkswagen van and psychedelic colors illustrate the pre-swoosh era in an earnest and deliberately clunky way.

Nike Running Gallery

Retro-futuristic landscape installation for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London. The installation is all about the historical fun journey of the Nike running shoe. The sprawling scene has a pop-art, retro feel, reflecting Nike’s brand history. Kustaa’s Volkswagen van and psychedelic colors illustrate the pre-swoosh era in an earnest and deliberately clunky way.

Nike Running Gallery

Retro-futuristic landscape installation for Nike Running event at Showroom 1948 in London. The installation is all about the historical fun journey of the Nike running shoe. The sprawling scene has a pop-art, retro feel, reflecting Nike’s brand history. Kustaa’s Volkswagen van and psychedelic colors illustrate the pre-swoosh era in an earnest and deliberately clunky way.

Jungle Pattern

Kustaa creates a surrealistic landscape in this illustrated jungle pattern.

Levi's

Organic allover pattern print for Levi's. Pink crabs are illustrated in a troubling scene of disarray.

Husky Rescue

Caravan print for a vinyl release by Husky Rescue, a Finnish electronic music band from Helsinki.

Rollergirls

Illustrated print created for Offpiste – in the Land of Kustaa Saksi, published by Gestalten. Offpiste is the first book to bring Kustaa's dynamic work together in one place. Named after the skiing term where a skier deliberately goes off trail in undeveloped terrain, the book presents Kustaa's artistic journey like an off-piste skier.

Rick James

Psychedelic illustration of American musician and composer, Rick James. Created for an unreleased compilation album.

Playboy

Inviting and evocative editorial illustration for Playboy Magazine.

Swarovski

Kustaa was asked to visualize the future tendencies for Swarovski's luxurious Crystalized Magazine.

Swarovski

Kustaa was asked to visualize the future tendencies for Swarovski's luxurious Crystalized Magazine.

L'Officiel Voyage

Illustrated World Map for French travel magazine, L'Officiel Voyage.

Woody Allen

Psychedelic editorial illustration of Woody Allen for Bon Magazine.

Husky Rescue

Artwork for a Christmas compilation album by Finnish electronic music band, Husky Rescue, from Helsinki.

Microsoft

Heavily inspired by sixties op art and psychedelia, Kustaa creates an illustration for the release of Microsoft Windows 7.

Like a Jungle Sometimes

An illustrated scene from London, rendered in Kustaa's unique kaleidoscopic style.

Havaianas Campaign

Illustrated campaign for Havaianas, painted on buildings all around New York City. Created for BBDO.

Havaianas Campaign

Illustrated campaign for Havaianas, painted on buildings all around New York City. Created for BBDO.

Gentry Portofino

Refreshing textile and installation artwork for classic Italian fashion brand, Gentry Portofino.

Finnish Railways

Brand illustrations for Finnish Railways, in collaboration with Design Bridge. The artwork reflects a journey of discovery through the diverse flora and fauna of Finland. Each illustration draws forms from VR’s identity, making the images both unique and quintessentially Finnish.

Lacoste

Kustaa builds playful and paradoxical worlds for an illustrated footwear campaign.

Lacoste

Kustaa builds playful and paradoxical worlds for an illustrated footwear campaign.

Adobe CS5

Illustrated packaging and visuals for the Adobe CS5 Master Collection.

Kasino

Pinup girl illustration for the "Sex" issue of Finland's erotic Kasino Magazine.

Cake

Sticky toffee cake illustration created for Offpiste – in the Land of Kustaa Saksi, published by Gestalten. Offpiste is the first book to bring Kustaa's dynamic work together in one place. Named after the skiing term where a skier deliberately goes off trail in undeveloped terrain, the book presents Kustaa's artistic journey like an off-piste skier.

Levi's

Kustaa illustrates a cheerful rain frog. Created for a Levi's T-shirt print.

Gyre

Holiday logo treatment for luxury department store, Gyre-Omotesando.

Regular Show

Artwork for Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary exhibition, featuring Pops from Regular Show.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed by Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed by Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed by Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed bu Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed by Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Imagine

UK’s Brightest Children’s Festival fills Southbank Centre in London with wonderful readings, storytelling and poetry. Colorful visuals, designed by Kustaa, were used for the communication of the event.

Canadian Art Foundation

Molson Coors and BBDO commissioned Kustaa to paint a mural in downtown Toronto, in support of the Canadian Art Foundation.

Canadian Art Foundation

Molson Coors and BBDO commissioned Kustaa to paint a mural in downtown Toronto, in support of the Canadian Art Foundation.

Domestic

French home-ware company, Domestic, commissioned Kustaa to design wallpaper for the "New Domestic Landscapes" collection.

Coachella

Promotional illustration created for Coachella, an annual music and arts festival, located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert.

About

Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi builds fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical, and troubling yet inviting shapes, environments and psychedelic atmospheres. Combining organic qualities with uniquely detailed textures with energetic color palettes, Kustaa’s clients include Nike, Sony Playstation, Vespa, Swarovski, AT&T, Microsoft, Nissan, Levi’s, Nokia, Adidas, Lacoste, and Issey Miyake.

Exhibitions

Kustaa’s work has been exhibited worldwide including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Nike Showroom 1948, Artifact Gallery in New York, CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, and Dray Walk gallery in London, Nemo in Portland, Maxalot in Amsterdam, Old School in Singapore, CCP in Philippines, Art Gorillas in Bangkok, the Main Post Office Gallery, Helsinki, the City Hall in the Netherlands, Espaces Commines and Louvre des Antiquaires, and Artazart in Paris.

Publications

Kustaa has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Elle (Italy), Form (Sweden), Form (Germany), IDN (Hong Kong), XLR8R (USA), NEO2 (Spain), Milk (Hong Kong), RMM (Hong Kong), Dazed&Confused (UK), Style Monte Carlo (Monaco), +81 (Japan), Mono (Japan), Étapes (France), Grafik (UK), Shift (Japan), ZOO (UK), Territory (Singapore), Juice (Singapore), Inquirer (Philippines), Manila Bulletin (Philippines), Bon (Sweden), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Nuke (France), Nylon (USA), Playboy (Philippines), Wad (France), Flaunt (USA), Viewpoint UK), Designer (Singapore), Iceland Review (Iceland), Computer Arts (UK).