New covers for Süskind’s dark tales

Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi has illustrated new covers for Patrick Süskind’s two classic novels from the 1980s, Perfume and The Pigeon

Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi has just completed the new covers for Patrick Süskind’s two classic novels from the 1980s, Perfume and The Pigeon…

London-based Haapaniemi graduated from Lahti Design Institute in Finland and has since worked as a designer at Diesel and the Diesel Stylelab.

Now signed to Big Active as an illustrator, he has also published his own books, ceramics and even wall tapestries.

Haapaniemi’s early version of the Perfume cover

Two sketches for Perfume by Haapaniemi

The final cover

In a new project for Penguin, Haapaniemi has helped to repackage German writer Patrick Süskind’s two novels from the 1980s. Perfume is undoubtedly the better known of the two (having shifted millions of copies and been turned in to a film in 2006) but many fans of the notoriously secretive writer prefer the more spookily existential tale about a security guard’s encounter with a lone pigeon.

Haapaniemi’s preparatory work on The Pigeon

The final cover

Both books were designed by Yeti McCaldin at Penguin and are set to be published in April. More work by Haapaniemi can be seen at his Big Active page. His own site,, looks set to launch soon.

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