The artist and designer Germund Paaer (1881-1950) was Kalevala Koru’s first designer. Kalevalan Koru is perhaps best known for its lines of jewellery, inspired by mythology and real historic pieces, but they curiously enough made other things as well.
Inspired by the Kalevala and Aleksis Kivi, Paaer designed a line of 200 wooden peasantry items that were in production from the early 1940s until his death in 1950. The postwar times offered little luxury in terms of available material and most items were made with local wood, leather and bark. Items included candle holders, boxes, guest books, mirrors and trays as seen here.