Monday, 2 May 2016

Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles

Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto

We came back from Japan 3 weeks ago already, but the memories and inspirations we took with us will hopefully stay much longer  … I would like to show you from time to time some more of it. Today we are traveling back to Kyoto where we discovered indigo textile studio called Aizen Kobo. I’m so in love in indigo colour! 

We found this charming place through Durston's Old Kyoto book, which is truly unique. The Aizen Kobo studio is located in weaving and textiles district where we cycled ( it’s a pretty long way to go from the central station!).  The workshop is a third-generation family business. It's run by Mr. Ken-ichi Utsuki and his wife Hisako. She does the beautiful designs- scarves, shirts, dresses, coats- all hand-dyed and hand sawn.  AIZENKOBO name literally and amusingly translates as “the workshop that loves dyeing,” . Miss  Hisako gived us a short guide into the very old and so beautiful house and explained the  unique process of making traditional indigo textile. You can read more HERE.  Miss Hisako , kept convincing us that all what was made in their studio , you would not find anywhere . As you can imagine, I wished to take with me half of the products she showed us… I’m so glad we went there and discovered this truly magic place , where there is so much authenticity and beauty. 

Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
Aizen Kobo - indigo textiles  - Kyoto
 indigo textiles
 indigo textiles


Friday, 29 April 2016

Boy's world via Thesocialitefamily

Thesocialitefamily visit house in The Netherlands
Thesocialitefamily visit house in The Netherlands
Thesocialitefamily visit house in The Netherlands
Thesocialitefamily visit house in The Netherlands

Are you familiar with Thesocialitefamily blog ? I was posting about it some time ago here

Since it is one of my favourite websites dedicated to home design and the lifestyle of contemporary families….I was so exited to see Rafa-kids beds in one of the homes! Spacious and modern house close by Amsterdam. Tessa is taking care of her 3 boys and she decorates their rooms with a minimal and cosy touch. Our Rafa-kids F&A sets were used in the boys’ rooms together with the mix match of some vintage and modern pieces. I really like the touch of deep blue and natural material accessories. Thank you Thesocialitefamily and  Constance Gennari for spotting our design in this unique space. 

Thesocialitefamily visit house in The Netherlands
F&A set furniture from Rafa-kids
kids working place


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Slow House

Ouur by Kinfolk,
Ouur by Kinfolk,
Cecilie Manz chair design for Actus Store , collaboration called Moku
Cecilie Manz design for Actus Store , collaboration called Moku
Cecilie Manz design for Actus Store , collaboration called Moku

During our visit in Tokyo, we had a chance to discover few of ACTUS stores
Ouur by Kinfolk was hosted in one of them, which was so nice to see personally. 
If you are not familiar with Ouur, it is lifestyle publisher and agency creating print and digital media for young creative audience. Under theIR roof you can find Kinfolk. A slow lifestyle magazine which explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.It is all about homemade, handmade, the craft-made and the self-made.  The idea of creating a product that satisfies a particular use or user rather than the global population, is very close to Rafa-kids concept too.  

ACTUS also hosted in 2016 collaboration with one of my favourite designers Cecilie Manz, called Moku. The series includes chair, bench, table for everyday life. It’s all about simplicity, pure materials and beauty. 

Ouur by Kinfolk Japan
Ouur by Kinfolk Japan

“ … That’s one response to society’s increasing speediness: making designs effective rather than efficient. We don’t want to waste time trying to do things, find things and make things happen when they’re completely unnecessary. At the same time, we don’t want to live like machines: We want to feel “at home.” We want to prfioritize the unmeasurable stuff: things like atmosphere, tactility, beauty and comfort. These qualities slow you down; they really embed your body in a place…” 
Ilse Crawford 

Ouur by Kinfolk Japan
Ouur by Kinfolk Japan

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room

Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room




Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
Rafa-kids  - K desk and stool
little cotton summer collection 2016
L shelf Rafa-kids with cactus collection

I’m back with our Monday’s inspiration for children’s room. I find Spring time so inspiring and  this season gives me such a good energy to change things at home. Nature is awake and the botanical trend seems just so perfect to bring also indoor. I wrote already some other post about greenery here:  Green Wall

Today I take inspiration form botanical prints and patterns which are such a wonderful motives to adopt in kids deco. Don’t’ you think? It doesn’t need to take a lot of time and costs much. We can put a wallpaper with floral pattern in small part of the room, or poster with floral motives, or get a bedding set and pillows with some floral details. If you have more space and patience, what about creating some real garden with your kids.  We just started a little indoor garden with my 5 years old, and he just loves it. Every day he is checking if the little zucchini and broccoli are growing. It’s not only looking great but our kids learn to take care of it and grow little nature in their surrounding. Interesting, especially for the city kids, as mine. I think this is one of the greatest trends happening since a long time…..

Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
wallpaper with prints - vtwonen collection
Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room
Monday inspiration - botanical vibe for children’s room

Thank you for the inspiration / pictures credits : 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9+10 -11

Friday, 22 April 2016

Kyoto magic

Kyoto Japan
Kyoto Japan
Kyoto Japan
Kyoto Japan

It’s already Friday and it's time to relax….
our kids have 2 weeks off from school so it will be even slower time for us in the coming days.

I thought I will show you few pictures from our visit in Kyoto. It was a short trip to this magic place and we feel we didn’t have enough of it. We biked through the city and it’s small streets. Stopping by some small studios producing ceramics, brushes or traditional indigo dying. Often we entered these small houses not knowing what to expect, and we loved that so much! We visited few temples, but they were so packed with people that we escaped from there very fast and took our own path…

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Rafa-kids in Kyoto Japan
Japanese house in Kyoto
Japanese house in Kyoto
Japanese house in Kyoto
Japanese house in Kyoto
Japanese house in Kyoto
Ryokan in Kyoto
Ryokan in Kyoto