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Arabia Moomin Mug #1

Mug Green (1990–1993)

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This mug is also known as the Green comic Strip. It is the very first Moomin mug in the Teema series. It was manufactured from 1990 to 1993, and the original artwork is from Tove Jansson's comic #0...

This mug is also known as the Green comic Strip. It is the very first Moomin mug in the Teema series. It was manufactured from 1990 to 1993, and the original artwork is from Tove Jansson's comic #08 Moomin Begins A New Life. Tove Slotte, the designer of the official Moomin products, only removed the speech bubbles from the images, using the original artwork as it is. In the comic strip style imagery Moominpappa, known for his adventurous nature, climbs up a tree to have a picnic. Colouring experiments were made on the first three mugs. They tried burnt pigments with three different tones, of which only one was chosen for production. Mug Green, Mug Blue and Mug Rose were all launched at the same time in 1990. To this day Mug Green and Mug Rose are the only mugs picturing a full comic strip. "I feel the light yellow and the blue mugs are more balanced than the comic strip mugs. I believe the consumers agreed with me, as the production of the comic strip mugs was discontinued after just a couple of years, and similar designs haven't been made since", says Tove Slotte.

Additional information

  • Price estimate

    • £500 - 800 Based on Condition

  • Name

    • Mug Green

  • Also known as

    • Green comic Strip

  • Product category

    • Moomin Mug

  • Mug number

    • 1

  • Production period

    • 1990–1993

  • Theme

    • 90s

  • Brand

    • Arabia

  • Bottom stamps

    • 2 different

  • Product designer

    • Kaj Franck

  • Graphic designer

    • Tove Slotte

  • Character

    • Moominpappa

  • Original image

    • Comic strip #8 - Moomin Begins a New Life (1956) - Tove Jansson

  • Measurements

    • Height: 8.1, Width: 11.2, Diameter: 8.3 cm

  • Weight

    • 250 g

  • Volume

    • 300 ml

  • Colors

    • Dark green, Green

  • Material

    • Vitro porcelain

Bottom stamps (2)

moomin product bottom stamps
1990 – 1993
moomin product bottom stamps
1990

Who designs the illustrations for the Moomin mugs?

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Tove Slotte, born in 1957, is a Finnish artist and a graphic designer. She is a professional ceramist. Tove Slotte worked at Arabia from 1985 to 1990, after which she has worked as a freelance designer. She is best known for designing and illustrating the Moomin products for Iittala and Arabia ceramics. Tove Slotte has been a Moomin fan since her childhood. She says her favourite Moomin book is The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My. Tove Slotte has designed the Moomin products for Arabia for more than 30 years.

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