Lantun henki

Art Direction and Book Design.

Lantun henki is a book by photographer Touko Hujanen and writer-philosopher Antti Salminen. They have been documenting for years the materially nearly independent lives of Lasse Nordlund and his family in Valtimo, eastern Finland. Besides the photographic work, the book features fragmented texts based on interviews with Lasse Nordlund. 

The ornaments on the cover and the book title are early 20th century metal and wood types, printed in letter-press and scanned. The types belong to the collection of graphic designer Ilkka Kärkkäinen, with whom the printing was done in collaboration. Together we also designed and hand-printed the graphics for Touko Hujanen’s exhibition.

The cover design was chosen to be part of the Notable Book Covers collection of the Most Beautiful Books in Finland 2023 and shortlisted for the European Design Awards 2024.


Text by Antti Salminen. Photos by Touko Hujanen. Letter-press printing in collaboration with Ilkka Kärkkäinen. Pre-press by Petri Kuokka / Aarnipaja. Printed by Dardedze hologrāfija SIA. Published by Poesia, 2023. The design work was made possible with the kind support of Grafia. Case photos by Anna Autio.

© Anna-Mari Tenhunen 2024