Thursday, 17 April 2014

break


Spring is always very exciting for Rafa-kids
I am going off for three weeks to work on the last details of our new products. 
Its so great to visit factory and see the final prototypes. But its also about time to recharge. 
Clear my mind in scandinavian wind and enjoy family. 

See you over three weeks!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

house in Japan

Japanese architect Shimpei Oda has reworked the dark interior of a humble 1920s house in Kyoto

This Japanese house + studio is touching something in me. I don't know exactly what it is, but it might be the strong contrast between the World outside and the simplicity inside. I really like the first picture with the window….I wish to sit on this rug, and feel this space for a moment. 

I have a weakness for Japanese modern houses, becouse often its not so important what kind of furniture is inside, its more about the space. Architects are plying so well with differs sizes, hights, light and use of the natural materials inside the houses. My architect's heart beats faster when I see something like that. I dream, that one day I will visit Japan and see it on my own eyes.  

house and studio in Kyoto by architect Shimpei Oda
house and studio in Kyoto by architect Shimpei Oda
house and studio in Kyoto by architect Shimpei Oda
house and studio in Kyoto by architect Shimpei Oda
house and studio in Kyoto by architect Shimpei Oda

Monday, 14 April 2014

tubabu stool - Martín Azúa

 tubabu stool - Martín Azúa
 tubabu stool - Martín Azúa
 tubabu stool - Martín Azúa

Something beautiful and simple to start the new week. 
Tubabu stool from Martín Azúa collection. 
The three legs are inserted in the seat 
and the footrest is attached by a twisted cord that makes the whole stool stronger. 

Perfect isn't? 

 Martín Azúa  tubabu stool
 Martín Azúa  tubabu stool

Friday, 11 April 2014

wooden wonderland

Wooden Wonderland from Lee Storm for Hay

I'm never tired of a simple shapes. 
This set of 16 building blocks in beautiful colors is perfect for plying and for display.    
Wooden Wonderland is designed by Lee Storm for Hay
The sets come in two variation – “Rose” and “Green” , beautifully packed. 
 " Lee Storm has a playful approach to design 
and embrace colors and shapes as their inspiration and joy. "

Happy weekend ! 
Wooden Wonderland from Lee Storm for Hay

Thursday, 10 April 2014

histor - kinderkamer kleuren

Histor : kleuren voor kinderkamer
Histor : kleuren voor kinderkamer

It's a very quiet week on the blog. I don't feel very well since few days, and I try to limit my present in front of monitor… so here is just quick hallo from me, with some color inspiration. 

Histor is a Dutch company offering a big range of paints for interior. 
This is not a commercial post by the way ;-) I  like to look at this sort of companies for an inspiration, how to use colors in children's rooms. I was trying to convince my 7years old son for more " calm" and monochrome room color palette, but it didn't work out. He loves colors , so I made him happy and paint one of the wall in his room totally orange! ;-)
For more inspiration you can step by at my Pinterest : children-s-room-styling

photo's : 1/2/3/4/5
kleuren voor kinderkamer Histor
kleuren voor kinderkamer Histor
kleuren voor kinderkamer Histor

Saturday, 5 April 2014

DIV with stylist - Cleo Scheulderman

DIV mirror - styling Cleo Scheulderman - photo Alexander van Berge
DIV desk - styling Cleo Scheulderman - photo Alexander van Berge

New April vtwonen magazine is so good... I can't take my eyes from it.  Cleo Scheulderman is an Styling Editor at this Dutch interior magazine. In the last issue she proposed few simple DIV ideas for our homes. I like style of Cleo since a long time, and accully when I'm getting the mag, I'm always looking first if she did some work for this particular number. 
Her work is so inspiring… 
I'm especially attached to the natural and relax atmosphere she is creating in her work. 

all the picture"s  Alexander van Berge for April / 2014 vtwonen / styling Cleo Scheulderman
DIV clouds on the wall - styling Cleo Scheulderman - photo Alexander van Berge

DIV children bed - styling Cleo Scheulderman - photo Alexander van Berge

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Mjölk

Mjölk photo Titus Chan for Ceral
Mjölk photo Titus Chan for Ceral
Mjölk gallery and furniture shop in Toronto, Canada.

There is so many things which inspire and fascinate me and which I would like to show it here, 
and they are not really related with kids. It's difficult to keep only children design orientated blog , believe me.  One of my interest goes to Japanese simplicity and handcrafts. When I discovered the kitka blog I just couldn't leave this place….

John Baker and his wife Juli inspired by their travels in Scandinavia and Japan, established Mjölk 
: a gallery and furniture shop in Toronto, Canada. 
‘We realized there was something interconnected between these places…they are both cultures that celebrate things that are functional and modest. We try and find universal qualities and translate them to a western audience.’

photo's: Titus Chan for Ceral 
Mjölk gallery and furniture shop in Toronto, Canada.
Mjölk gallery and furniture shop in Toronto, Canada.

" Mjölk ( Milk ) pure, honest, end essential. 
Nordic design & Japanese handcrafts

Mjölk gallery and furniture shop in Toronto, Canada.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

room for sisters

set of 2 beds  F&A from Rafa-kids

I've noticed that there is many ideas for a single room for a child, 
but what happens if two kids are sharing one space ?
How we can keep it personal for each of them and at the same time create a unity ? 
Today I've made a little mood board for two girls sharing one room. They are sisters in similar age of 6-9 . I think It's good to buy the same big furniture pieces, like beds, storage, desks , and this will give the room a structure. With this good base, we can start to play with small accessories to express each child's personality. I really like this big letter shelves, which immediately personalize a corner of each girl.  We can also hang things above the beds: posters, drawings, dresses that the child likes and make the part of  the room more personal. Different bedding sets for each child, pillows,  will do the work too. Then will be good to devote a part of the room, which will be used 'together' . I've choose a tipi, but it can be a nice siting corner or just open space when the sisters can play ....

Room for sisters with Rafa-kids teener bed

On the collage you will find :

two pictures from Lucille Michieli for milk Magazine nr. 43
 white kabino sideboard - normann copenhagen 
 wall case in the shape of letter - minis 
acapulco chairs
pillows set blue & peach from Merci 
pillows in the shape of rain drop and roe :  
backpacks from herschel 
drop wooden wall hooks - normann copenhagen 
bed linen set nude -  normann copenhagen
tipi - nobodinoz
 girls dress from bobo choses

Room for two kids
2 kids in one room
photo's 1/ 2/3 

Monday, 31 March 2014

favorite stylist/part 2 - Jenni Juurinen

styling Jenni Juurinen for Deko, photographer Kristiina Kurronen
styling Jenni Juurinen for Deko, photographer Kristiina Kurronen

Hello on Monday.
 Remember my first post from series " favorite stylist " with Susana Vento
Well, the other favorite stylist of mine is also coming from Finland. It's pure coincidence .
 Jenni Juurinen simple and minimal style is really appealing to me. 
I could accully say that Susana Vento and Jenni Juurinen
has similar way of working and play with colors and shapes in abstract way.  

styling Jenni Juurinen for Deko, photographer Jorma Marstio
styling Jenni Juurinen for Deko, photographer Jorma Marstio
styling Jenni Juurinen for Deko, photographer Mirva Kakko

Friday, 28 March 2014

apple and pear


It's finally Friday, so I have something very simple and cute for you today.
An Apple and a Pear!  I found it on a very inspiring website called :  mrprintables,
it's full of original and interesting ideas to make with kids. Perfect for the weekend…
but we are expecting some son in The Netherlands so look for us at the beach. ;-) 

I wish you an a wonderful weekend.
photo's and opportunity to buy this Apple & Pear at rockandpebble

plywood storage for kids from rockandpebble
plywood storage for kids from rockandpebble
plywood storage for kids from rockandpebble