Veranda is designed by Samu-Jussi Koski together with Nikari for artist Tove Jansson.
Samu-Jussi Koski is the founder and Creative Director of Samuji.
Koski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and a Master’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Polimoda Fashion School in Florence, Italy.
Before establishing his own label, Koski worked for the major part of his career at the Finnish textile house Marimekko, where he started as an Assistant Designer in 2003. Two years later Koski was promoted to Fashion Designer and he began to design collections carrying his own name under the Marimekko brand. Koski’s vision was well received, and in 2008 he became the Creative Director of the company.
In 2009, Koski moved on to start Samuji with the ambition to pursue a variety of creative projects. He began on his own but soon gathered a team of creative minds to help him with art direction, production, marketing, sales and finance. The first Samuji womenswear collection was launched in spring 2011.
Nikari is a Finland-based wood design studio and furniture manufacturer. Established in 1967, our first years were marked by close collaboration with masters of Finnish architecture and design, such as Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck.
"I chose Tove Jansson.
As a kid, I used to love The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My. After that one I of course read all the other Moomin books, which I loved even more. As an adult I realized what a great painter Tove was, and The Summer Book is one of the most beautiful books ever written. Also, her atelier on Ullanlinnankatu represents the archetype of an ideal studio space.
Tove herself describes her atelier like this: ”A huge decorative Art Nouveau stove and a comical old door with red and green glass windows. An atelier that one can spend a lifetime embellishing. And then next to it, there is an asymmetrical whitewashed room where I can keep all my womanly things; all soft, playful, decorative and personal stuff. Under the ceiling, there are two windows.”
Nikari, Tove and I fit well together. We all like simple, genuine and beautiful things."