• Stunning Illustration from Scandinavia – Celebrating Elsa Beskow

    by  • 29 May 2020 • Children's Books, Elsa Beskow • 0 Comments

    Join us as we take a closer look at the beautiful illustrations of Swedish author and illustrator, Elsa Beskow. Hailed as the Beatrix Potter of Scandinavia, Elsa’s books are known and loved all around the world. You can browse our Elsa Beskow books on our website here.

    Elsa illustrated her stories with detailed ink line drawings and beautiful watercolour paintings, giving them a timeless quality that is further enhanced by her greatest source of inspiration: nature. The layout of a typical Beskow book is very traditional: her colour illustrations typically fall on the right hand (recto) page with her ink drawings and text is displayed on the left hand (verso) page.

    Elsa’s books often follow a traditional design template: four colour images appear on the right with gray-scale images and text on the left

    Her work continues to inspire new projects and has recently been skilfully interpreted into ceramic and textile products by Swedish designer Catherina Kippel. Catherina’s is working with the creative product development company, Design House Stockholm, injecting a new lease of life into Elsa’s work and bringing it to fresh audiences with gift items.

    Catherina’s work has even made it in to the Floris Office – keeping #FlorisDesign inspired!

    The #FlorisDesign team love their Beskow mugs! These characters are found in Elsa’s book ‘The Flower’s Festival’

    For more pictures of Elsa’s stunning illustrations check out the Elsa Beskow Board on our Floris Pinterest page.

    Here at Floris, we are proud to say that we’re the only publisher to bring the English translations of Elsa Beskow’s books to English-language speakers all over the world. If you fancy finding out a bit more about Elsa’s life and the books we publish then check out our dedicated author page or our Elsa Beskow Facebook page.


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