Sauna has always been a part of Minna’s life. Her earliest memories of it take her to joyful summers in her grandparents’ home on the Finnish countryside. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, they’d spend time together in a big, traditional, wood-fired sauna housed in a quaint red building.
“It was so nice and calm, and the atmosphere with my grandparents was so kind. They lived in a humble and agrarian society, very old school”, she recounts with fondness. “In the city, we go to the public saunas, but the heritage and roots of sauna is really there, in the Nordic agrarian culture.”
Minna’s childhood memories from the countryside echo a traditional, idyllic image of sauna. There’s the main house and the sauna in the yard, which you’ll find surrounded by lush greenery showered in seemingly endless daylight in summer. And when it comes to this time of the year, there is often also rhubarb growing close to it.
“Strong rhubarb leaves are a really traditional part of Nordic summer elements”, says Minna. “Prints can tell the stories of sauna moments, and we love to celebrate the story of this big leaf this way in the collaboration with IKEA.”