Do you know what are the oldest Moomin mugs still in production? Scroll down to find out!
In honour of the 70th anniversary of the Moomins, Arabia launched a Moomin mug with a much-wanted decoration of the Moominhouse. Tove Slotte, the designer of Arabia’s Moomin mugs, made drafts for both two and three-storey houses. Slotte also made a paper roof for the mug just for fun, but Arabia was thrilled about the idea and now you get a decorative paper roof with every Moominhouse mug you buy.
The dark blue Moominpappa Moomin mug was released in 2014 together with a now-discontinued orange Moominmamma mug. The illustrations for the mugs were chosen from Tove Jansson’s Moomin comics.
The Adventure Move collection was a continuation of Arabia’s special series Adventure, launched in 2009. The illustrations in the Adventure Move mug are originally from a comic co-written by Tove and Lars Jansson, #17 Moomin and the Comet (1958).
Little My’s, Mymble’s and Snufkin’s mother, Mymble older is also known as Mymble’s mother. In addition to the three children mentioned, she has 34 other children that you get to meet in the book The Memoirs of Moominpappa. Mymble’s mother got her own mug in 2012 and it’s still in production today, 10 years later.
The older, brown Sniff mug was discontinued in 2008 and in the same year Arabia launched a new, turquoise mug featuring Sniff. The illustration of Sniff on the backside of the mug is from the very first Moomin comic that was published in the Evening News newspaper.
The illustrations for the Mymble mug are based on Tove Jansson’s comic #8 Moomin begins a new life (1956) and novel Moominsummer Madness (1954).
Often a few different illustrations and colours are tested before the final mug design is set. A Mymble mug with a light pink background was one of the versions pre-produced.
The illustrations for the Hattifatteners mug, which has been in production for 15 years already, are from Tove Jansson’s first picture book The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My (1952).
The mug is one of Arabia’s Moomin mug designer Tove Slotte’s favourites: “I like the mug because of the colour and the layout, not so much because of the characters. The Hattifatteners are quite impersonal and mystical, but there is something fascinating about them as well.”
The Groke mug is the oldest character mug still in production. The back side illustration is chosen from Tove Jansson’s novel Moominpappa at Sea (1965) and the recognizable image of the Groke from the front is from the novel Moominland Midwinter (1957). The designer of the mug, Tove Slotte, has been very loyal to Jansson’s original designs when creating the mug.
Love is not only the oldest Moomin mug still in production today but also the only mug from the 1990s that is still in production. The mug’s designer Tove Slotte believes that the emotional charge of the mug is one of the main reasons for its popularity: “The hugging Moomins is an adorable illustration, and combined with the light pink colour it expresses one of the strongest emotions, love. Just like other Jansson’s drawings, also this one is timeless and classical”.
+1 (or four, actually!)
The first four Teema-shaped Moomin mugs, Green, Blue, Rose and Yellow, came for sale in the fall of 1990. Now, Arabia has made new, larger versions of the four mugs – Mugs Blue and Yellow in the size of 0.4 litres are already available in the Moomin Shop, and Mugs Rose and Green will come for sale in the fall!
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#1 Mug green 1990-1993 The first Moomin mug in the Teema series, Green, came in 1990. The mug is also known…
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The beloved Moomin mugs Green and Rose, will soon be available in a bigger size. The mugs will be available in the Moomin Shops in September.
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