Arabia will update its Moomin Classics line in 2022 by introducing beloved characters Little My and Stinky in redesigned illustrations. The new, updated illustrations will adorn the characters’ mugs, bowls, and plates.
THE ARABIA MOOMIN TABLEWARE, based on Moomin creator Tove Jansson’s original drawings, is among the Finnish brand's most popular product lines. The brand first began producing the modern Moomin mugs in the 1990s, and over the years, it has introduced the Moomin tableware sets with dozens of different illustrations. In 2022, Arabia will introduce redesigns to the mugs, bowls, and plates of two beloved characters: Little My and Stinky.
The redesigned tableware by ceramic artist Tove Slotte features a more story-based style of illustration, created by richer colors and elements. The Stinky tableware’s redesign is the first-ever since the character illustration launched in 2001, but the Little My ones have been updated many a time before: the new illustration marks the fourth Little My redesign.
The Little My set’s illustrations are based on Tove and Lars Jansson’s comic strip story Moomin and the Comet published in 1958. In the story, a comet is drawing closer and closer to Moominvalley, and courageous Little My sets out to investigate the situation with Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden. In the tableware’s illustration, Little My looks at the comet shining bright in the sky and, fearless as she is, calmly lies down on a meadow to watch it approaching.
The Stinky illustration, in turn, is based on two separate comic strips: Moomin Begins a New Life (1956) and Club Life in Moominvalley (1957). On one side of the mug, Stinky is seen gazing out a window and on the other, saving Moominmamma’s handbag from the paws of a thieving dog. Stinky is known as a mischievous little crook who likes to wreak havoc around Moominvalley – but even he knows not to touch Moominmamma’s handbag.
The renewed Little My and Stinky tableware will be available at Finnish Design Shop this spring.
Edit: Emmi Ratilainen Images: Arabia