Lilleputt Studio was created by Annika Schmidt late 2011, when she and her fiance, Ryan, (and their alley cat, Apple) left Brooklyn, NY in search of different pace of life. On a whim, they settled in Portland, Maine.
After having studied art and design at Ölands Folkhögskola, on the island of Öland on the south east coast of Sweden, Annika earned a BFA in Furniture Design and Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Intrigued by the habits and rituals we strike up in our daily lives, she seeks to create unique items that bring attention to these perhaps otherwise overlooked small moments. Drawing inspiration from her Swedish background, Annika seeks to create simple, thoughtful designs, incorporating bold pattern and color.
In expectation of her nephew Håkan, born November 1, 2011, Annika began Lilleputt Studio with a small line of handmade baby bibs and smocks, using designer and vintage fabrics. Soon thereafter, she began designing and using her own textile designs for baby and home products, including pillow covers, linen/cotton towels, and organic baby blankets.
Swedish for 'peewee', Lilleputt was named for the small size of the studio, as well as the size of some of its intended customers.