Sunday, 29 December 2013

Rafa-kids Year 2013 - Thank you!

Rafa-kids studio  pictures © Paulina Arcklin

The year 2013 is going to end soon.  
Do you want to look back with us and see how busy Rafa-kids was?

In January 2013 we got keys to our Rafa-kids studio. We did not even dream to open own studio/showroom being just a starting company not even a year on the market! We took the challenge though and fell in love with the space from the beginning. It needed some work and took 3 winter months to just make it clean and simple...

rebuilding Rafa-kids studio
rebuilding Rafa-kids studio

In March we launched our third product - A teen bed which is a perfect combination for the F bunk bed. Since then we have a new set F&A for two older kids.  We also extended our Rafa-kids collection with 2 new colors - white wash and dark chocolate and add mattresses to all our beds. Many parents asked us for it and we decided we would like to make life easer for them. 

teener bed from Rafa-kids
furniture sample colors from Rafa-kids
Loft bunk bed with toddler bed from Rafa-kids

Spring came with all new beds and colors delivered to our studio. 
Maybe you remember my blog post from March ? Picture-this-concept-by-Paulina-Arcklin
In May we had our fist photo session with this great lady.

Rafa-kids A teen bed pictures © Paulina Arcklin
Rafa-kids studio  pictures © Paulina Arcklin
Agata & Arek Seredyn  pictures © Paulina Arcklin
Agata & Arek Seredyn  pictures © Paulina Arcklin

Sunny Spring days met us working hard in the studio on new pictures of the white wash collection. 

Facebook fans reached 1000 and we introduces quirky little S swing and XO game.

Rafa-kids postcard
Rafa-kids S swing
Rafa-kids S swing
Rafa-kids XO game
Rafa-kids bed going to California

The studio became a great place to work from ...and we also ship our products around the World. 
In September faced with still growing demand for our beds we doubled the production. 

Rafa-kids studio in Rotterdam

After a great Summer break, with new energy, we photographed ourselves the dark chocolate beds. 
It is such a fun to prepare the styling, ideas and shoot it all in our own studio.

Loft bunk bed dark chocolate Rafa-kids
Loft bunk bed dark chocolate Rafa-kids
Toddler bed  dark chocolate Rafa-kids

In November Rafa-kids got ready for the cold winter days 
bringing beautiful WOOL blankets from Scandinavia to our collection.

wool Scandinavian blankets collection Rafa-kids

We look back and see that we worked very hard to be where we are now. 
We are also  very happy to have chance to meet on our way such a great people who inspire us and help to go further. 

We would like to thank this years especially: 

 Paulina Arcklin for inspiration, support and opening our eyes for so many things. 
You are such a talented lady, and we are so lucky to work with you.
Anouk Bedeaux/ from Tafel design for support , interest and being always next door! 
It's great to have you around and we hope, we will make more things together in the future.

We would like to thank all our clients. People who trust us getting Rafa-kids beds for their kids.
There is no bigger compliment and energy we take from your comments, 
feedbacks, hearing stories of your kids, sleeping in our beds…. 

Thank you Loods5 for your support and  burrow us products for the pictures. 

Thank you so much, all blog world, which is a fantastic community of people supporting our design. 
Thank you especially our fans at :  Kenziepoo , Little Gatherer and Minor De:tales , April and May
We are blow away to be featured this year at:
 Swiss Miss, The Cool Hunter , Design-Milk , Milk front page , and The Style Files.

Without all of you we would be not where we are! 
THANK you so much! 

Agata & Arek Seredyn Rafa-kids

behind the scenes pictures © Paulina Arcklin | all rights reserved

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Letters

Kerst - means Christmas in Dutch…that's what you can read easily on this picture ;-) 
It's so simple idea to make a Christmas decoration out of different types of letters. I spotted it in December's VTwonen magazine, styled by Fietje Bruijn and photographed by Dennis Brandsma . 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas time with your family and friends in the coming days! 

We have bed weather here in the Netherlands at the moment, so rainy and gray, and not much chance for any snow…it's a bit difficult to keep a Holiday spirit, but I will do my best….;-)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue

pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue

Finally the new Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue made at Rafa-kids studio 
by Paulina Arcklin Photography + Styling is out and you can have a look. 

It was made in October when we all met for this photo session in our studio. My favorite picture is the F bunk bed in dark chocolate together with mustard and plum colors an raw metal chair. The Happy Lights give a nice soft touch to this space together with the zilalila NEST knitted bean bag. Cute little corner with the ladder, looks good too, don't you think ? It's so great to have creative people in our studio and to do things together. Rafa-kids hope to do it more often in the future…..

pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue
pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue
pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue
pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue
pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue
pictures © Paulina Arcklin | Happy Lights Kids eCatalogue  | all rights reserved

Friday, 20 December 2013

RH for Christmas

It's Friday! What an busy , working week behind me…..I didn't have time to be in a Christmas mood. What I need is some rest and someone who will just come over and prepare everything for me ;) I don't even know where to start. 

Let's have a look at the Christmas catalogue for kids from restorationhardware. Cosy and so merry. I absolutely adore the sweet pyjamas, which I would absolutely like to get for all the family for Christmas. Hide under cosy blankets for long, dark evenings…… and just enjoy to be together. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

storage for kids by restorationhardware

 restorationhardware storage for kids

It's not new that I'm a big fun of restorationhardware collection for kids
A bit strange you will say, since I like modern simplicity and scandinavian furniture the most. I have a weakness for industrial furniture too, so it's all a bit of mix, anyway. 
This simple ideas for storage, are worth showing, I think.
Restorationhardware is a company based in US , so we can just look at their good work, and get inspired. Rafa-kids is also working on new collection and storage is actually an issue we deal with at the moment too. Wait till Spring for more! 

 restorationhardware storage for kids
 restorationhardware storage for kids

 restorationhardware storage for kids
 restorationhardware storage for kids

 restorationhardware storage for kids
 restorationhardware storage for kids
 restorationhardware storage for kids

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

no closet ?

simon legals clothes rack
simon legals clothes rack
simon legals clothes rack
simon legals clothes rack

Clothes racks are coming to our interiors from shops and industrial world. I noticed that wardrobe is getting out of the cupboard ... I like this simple clothes rack designed by Simon Legals for norman copenhagen. It has an industrial look and simple construction, provides space for clothes, shoes and bags. 

Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm design for Trip Trap
Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm design for Trip Trap

Instead of free standing clothes rack we can also have one fixed to the wall or selling + some nice bench underneath. Beautiful solution for a big hallway. The one on the picture is coming from Denmark, designed by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Georg Collection for Danish design company Trip Trap
Minimal, elegant and clean design. First I need a big house and then I can put it all in! 

Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm design for Trip Trap

Monday, 16 December 2013

spross toddler bed & moormann style

Spross toddler bed by Christoffer Martens

was one of the first toddler beds I discovered a long time ago and I really liked it.  It is coming from Christoffer Martens , designed in 2008. It's a bed which you put together with no screws - which is one of the characteristics of the " Moormann Style " . So simple but at the same time has this asymmetric twist in design and playful look. ( available also in white and black) 
Nils Holger Moormann , has been one of the protagonist of the  " New German Design" school producing and selling products from young , unknown designers. The main principles are simplicity, intelligence and innovation. I selected only  few my favorite furniture from they big collection. I'm attached to they esthetic and concept a lot. Don't miss they great catalogs!

Christoffer Martens bed