Faunascapes Plywood Prints

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Hanne and Tobias Scheel Mikkelsen

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Double Exposure Art Print Series by Scandinavian Design Duo WhatWeDo

The Faunascapes are designed by architect and graphic designer duo Hanne & Tobias Scheel Mikkelsen. We are based in Copenhagen, Denmark where we run a small design studio out of an old eccentric glaciers shop in the heart of the city.
The Faunascapes are our take on double exposure animal art. The Series is printed on scandinavian birch plywood and on 100% recycled offset paper called cyclus offset.
The Faunascapes is our getaway from the daily routine, an excuse for a quick day dream, and a way of capturing the modern city-dwellers dreams of escapism and wanderlust.
We deliberately go for a warm dusty feeling with gentle color tones for a soft, smooth and dreamy look. We are inspired by the wast open landscapes in North Americam national parks and the nature and wildlife of Scandinavia where we come from.

Q&A with Hanne & Tobias / WhatWeDo from the book 'Danish Art Prints':

- What inspires you on a daily basis?
Being visually oriented we soak up all the visual impressions that we are bombarded with everyday through blogs, magazines, movies, comics, etc. Every day we enjoy to ride our bikes in Copenhagen and observe the city and our fellow citizens. We look towards current trends in fashion, interior and graphic design to get in- spired – and then we are in a constant struggle between looking inwards for original thoughts and ideas and looking outwards to avoid falling completely through the grid of what is generally acceptable at the moment.

- Can you describe the style/genre of your prints?
The genre of the Faunascapes is what we would describe as 'New Nordic' mixed with a lumberjack/wilderness romance that is best captured in Sean Penn's movie "Into The Wild" from 2007.

- Can you describe the creative process from inspiration to finished art print?
We designed The Faunascapes as a concept to be printed on wood panels, but it was not until we started experimenting with the double exposures of animals and landscapes that the concept of printing on wood really began to make sense.
The rough Photoshop mockups of the first couple of animals came very natural to us, but to continue the collection was/is a bit harder. We often stitch several photos of animals together to reach the right icono- graphic pose. When we finally get to that pose we start testing out some landscapes and when landscape and animal match we are both quite relieved – then we can see the 'happy ending', though there is still a lot of work to be done on the details to get the colours and overall feeling just right.

- Is there a message, a theme or a certain feeling you want to convey through your prints?
Our elevator pitch for The Faunascapes sounds something like: "The designs of The Faunascapes are fuelled by the modern city dweller's dreams of escapism and wanderlust" – which actually says it pretty well! We both have a tendency to get lost mentally and linger on things for much longer than what is healthy for us. It is an excuse for 'lingering' that we hope to pass on!

- Would you categorize your prints as art or as an interior decoration product?
We deliberately designed our prints for a purpose – the purpose of hanging on the walls in peoples homes. Therefore we mostly see them as interior design. Sometimes, however, we forget and refer to them as 'art prints' or 'art boards' because people around us do so! For us the crossroad between design and art must be judged by the eyes of the observer. We think that the real big question is: Can an interior design product be elevated to be included in the art category as well?

- Is there a link between your prints and you living in Denmark?
Living in a small flat country with chilly summers and warm winters, no real wilderness and only few wild animals, gives you a certain surrealistic view upon the uncomprehensive aspects of 'real nature'. We think that is what shaped The Faunascapes. In terms of design, we think, that the iconographic appearance of The Faunascapes is definitely a product of the minimalistic Danish design tradition.

- What is on your own walls?
The piece that is most dear to us is an inherited lithography by Danish artist Henry Heerup, which we love for being naivistic and very straight forward.
We also have a big clip-board with all sorts of cut- outs that at some point caught our attention. Sometimes it gets confusing to look at and we tear it all down and start with a blank canvas!

- What is your tagline?
One quote by Charles Eames keeps coming back to us: "The details are not the details. They make the design."

Shop members

  • Tobias & Hanne Scheel Mikkelsen


    We are an architect/graphic designer couple who teams up both in private and at work. We are based in Copenhagen, Denmark and run a small design studio out of an old eccentric glaciers shop in the center of the city.

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  • Novictus


    We work together with Novictus, which are our distribution partner and they do also provide us with frames.

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