The Ferm Living collection is growing each season, and never disappoints me. The new online catalogue is just so good ! Have a look here. What’s new in kids department? Round carpets - dots, sticks and triangles. Simple and fresh looking and not so expensive. A lot of black-and white products : native and mountain new patterns on wallpaper and textile. Wall flags with a Billy Bear, Hurray and arrows pattern. New Bear Pillows and we can’t forget Inka snake in Gray. What I always like so much about Ferm Living’s design for kids is that they are elegant, modern and not childish, it’s a pleasure to look an touch it. The photos are warm, playful and even though I’m not a pastel colours person, they just grab me, with their beautiful products. Well done!
If you like graphic prints and strong patterns Marimekko brand from Finland is the one which you should have an eye on.
I’m so glad to see the beautiful textile pattern from Aino-Maija Metsola called huhuli , used now for children bedding. Originally this textile pattern was much more darker and now she added a light blue and soft pink to it, and it looks so fresh. The rich wildlife found in the forests of Scandinavia, can be definitely used in a boy or girl room.
I did't plan to post or work these days….but when last week we got Rafa-kids K deskprototypes in white and black, I just had to do something!
The K desk in color looks so beautiful and so much different to me than natural one. My first feeling was to put this dark desk into a room with the white F bunk bed and add a splash of yellow color. Black color for a child's room might not be a first though of a parent, but I think with a touch of color this furniture piece looks so playful and cheerful. The good thing is, that when your child will enter the teenager faze of life, the K desk can easily find its place in a cool new room. Actually I would't mind to get this desk for my self! I hope you like what you see. Our Rafa-kids desk is not available yet, but the production will start very soon, and is going to be available at the beginning of October.
I'm back home after few days in France. I will take my boys for another small trip next week and will be back after the 20th of August. It looks like there will be silence out here on the blog for a bit longer. I found this dreamy pictures made by Thirza Schaap, and thought that they illustrate my recent mood perfectly. I always find difficult to work when the days are so long, warm and inviting to relax. Let's try to enjoy this sunny days we have in hands this Summer…..see you soon.
photos Thirza Schaap - for papier mache/ all rights reserved
It's silence out here and it's not because of Summer season.
I'm just so busy. You can see all news about Rafa-kids on our Facebook page. We just got a new stock of beds and we need to send all the pre-orders asp. I feel so lucky...some of the models are already sold out and we have ordered new ones , with delivery in September….but the Summer is here and we have kids at home, which is not that easy, when you run your own business. We will escape for few days to visit our friends in France.
This is behind the scene post, to show you how Rafa-kids is planning and collecting inspiration for a photo session. We would like to work more with other designers and small brands, to create something fresh and new….and that is why we invited Femke Veltkamp from Windstilte, to take a part in our first session. There will be more in the future!
We are so lucky with some hot weather in the Netherlands last days and we don't feel like going for any holidays abroad. Do you want to stay with us and go fishing? Well, we've created a little Summer vibe in our studio last weekend. Rafa-kids was complete with two of our boys. One of them became a fisher men, the other was busy with paper, and created some paper boats . It was fun! Fish pillows appeared and our son was trying to catch some. The graphic is so beautiful on them and they are beautifly hand made. Blue walls and a touch of mint felt just right. There is no Summer without stripes! We used Rafa-kids' A teen beds with pillows fromFemke Veltkamp from Windstilte to create this room for two kids. Tomorrow I will show you how I have planned it all…
It was a silent week out here, with a very shocking news last Thursday,
about the MH17 airplane from The Netherlands to Malaysia, and crush in Ukraine. I still don't feel posting and would prefer to stay silent for a while…but this calm and beautiful picture of furniture is accully so nice to show you. No-216-sideboard, is named after the traditional A4 paper proportional scheme called ISO 216, and the storage units is configured using the poetry of the A-series. Designer Jesper Ståhl says , it is :
" functional storage items with playful and warm characteristics”. I couldn't agree more.
I still remember my first visit to the muij store few years ago. I was spending weekend in London with my Danish friend, and she told me, it's a place I have to see. Well, I wasn't much impressed. Everything looked kind of recycle and made out of gray paper. It took me a while to understand and appreciate the concept of this Japanese store which was born in 1980 ! Muji’s products are all beautifully designed. Their furniture collection has a strong Scandinavian minimalist's look and their clothing selections consists of basics that could sit next to any high end designer pieces. Their goal is " offering products that excel in quality at lower prices has been achieved by avoiding the waste typical of much product-manufacturing and distribution – in the form of unnecessary functionality, an excess of decoration, and needless packaging " .
" … MUJI is simplicity – but a simplicity achieved through a complexity of thought and design."