PIKU was founded in Berlin by designers Hanna Mason and Joe Wray in 2020. Hanna is a surface print designer passionate about bold graphics inspired by nature, folklore and her Finnish heritage. Joe is an artist whose print work is heavily inspired by traditional Japanese print making, which he incorporates with detailed abstract experimental pattern.
Both Hanna and Joe are originally from the UK but have spent the majority of their adult lives living abroad in Barcelona, Helsinki and now Berlin.
Hanna and Joe have a shared passion for folk art, pattern and colour, ceramics, Polish and Czech poster art and have used this as building blocks for PIKU. “2020 made us re-evaluate our work and how we spend time at home. It was a perfect time to develop ideas that had been waiting to be realised.”
PIKU is taken from the Finnish word ‘Pikku’ meaning little. “We loved the idea of using a little to do a lot. Up cycling, embellishing, cherishing and looking after what you have. A little moment of peace, taking time to focus on doing things with your hands -either alone or with friends or family, encouraging creativity and accessibility. The belief that anyone can be creative is at the heart of PIKU”
Hanna and Joe reside in Berlin with their dog Lola. Hanna is co founder of the all female collective; Hei Hei studio in Kreuzberg and Joe co runs print shop Let It Bleed also in Kreuzberg Berlin.