Saturday 29 December 2012

Rafa-kids Year 2012 - Thank you!

The year 2012 is going to end soon. When I look back I know I will not forget it so fast. We launched our children furniture brand Rafa-kids in April. Started with no big expectations. With only our own savings and a lot of production problems. There were many though moments, but we tried to believe in our design and carry on. After 8 months, there are kids around Europe sleeping in our beds, our design was published in magazines, there are shops carrying our brand and we got a design award! We are proud and overwhelmed.  We already look to future new designs and plans, which I can't wait to share with you in 2013. 

We would not be here without great people who helped us on the way.

I would like to thank you, Deborah
from Kickcan&Concers. You are really the first one, who noticed me in the virtual world and supported ever since. You are a real believer and I'm so glad we have you here, the blogging world would be so empty without you!  
I would like to thank you, Asia,
 from kavkadesign. We started 2012 on your blog where you invited us to show our house

I would like to thank Bert Karel and Greetje 
who gave us a lot of time and support, discussed the design and made the project better and real. 
We are so happy your sons are the owners of the prototype F&R set made in January 2012. 

I would like to thank you AnnaMarie and Tekke
for opening your house for us to make our first photo shoot also in January 2012. 
Your twins spontaneously became part of the whole session. We had so much fun!  

I would like to thank you Eva from Orphan socks, for the trust and patience! 
and Agnieszka from z potrzebypiekna for the time to listen my problems and complains. 
You always have such a good energy to give in difficult moments. 

Without your support we wouldn't be here!  Here are the ones I know of: rafa-kids -metion 
Thank you so much! 

I would like to thank you Valerie from Serendipity shop in Paris
This place is so special and I still can't believe we are standing in they showroom. 
Thank you for all your effort and work you did for us this year. 
I would also like to thank Carl from Toyella, for your passion and commitment to carry on with us. 

Thank all of you who trusted us and got our beds for your kids! 
Its a great feeling which gives us such a positive kick.

I just had to share all this with you, my dear readers. Now I can relax and plan the 2013 ;-) 
Thank you for staying with me on this blog. 
All the best for you from Agata & Arek

Saturday 22 December 2012

Warm white

Let's hope for a warm white Christmas….

Beautiful photos from vtwonen JAN2013 
 styling Cleo Scheulderman / photo's Jeroen van der Spek 

Friday 21 December 2012

Happy X-mas from Rafa-kids

I hope you are ready to take some time off ;-)
I am! 

I wish you great holiday days. 
Take the time for the things you like….
No worries, no rush….slow down and relax. 

Very Merry Christmas to you all. 

Saturday 15 December 2012

Preparing for Christmas…

This will be a very busy week for me and I think for many of you too.
I will not have much time to be here ….

I wish you a great weekend 
and I will step by to say few nice words before Christmas . 

This beautiful decoration is from here  :  scandinavian-christmas-day

other photo's I scanned for you from 101woonideeen

Thursday 13 December 2012

Mesyme - work of Monika Swindells

When I came across work of Monika Swindells, ( thank you Kavka for the link!)  I just had to share it with you. She is a polish architect who lives in Liverpool, UK with her husband and 3 years old son. Her house is a project itself - rebuilding and restyling it at the moment.…but more important are Monika's beautiful black-and white, 3d collages…I think they are very unique and playful design objects, made with big passion for details. Monika is giving us a chance to get one pice of her work in a giveaway!  ( only till Monday 17.12 )  So just step by at her beautiful world = blog, and enjoy! 

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Rafa-kids at Les Enfants du Design

Yes, I smile when I look at Les enfants du design shop. I was stepping by Sophie and Thomas French site many times. I enjoy their clean and modern collection. You should imagine, how happy I was to get an e-mail from them asking if we were interested to work together. I was smiling and I still do. I'm honored and proud that Rafa-kids is standing together with other amazing brands like : Kalon-studios, We do Wood, Oeuf, Hay, Zieta Prozessdesign, and warm colorful pillows of Donna Wilson and posters of Kerry Layton. It is my very Merry Christmas present. Just stop by and enjoy their great taste and style! 

Monday 10 December 2012

Handcrafted furniture - La Clinica

La Clinica” is a collection of handcrafted furniture produced by local artists based in three different parts of the world: Madrid (Spain), Turin (Italy) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). Launched  in 2010 Ciszak Dalmas. La Clinica is based on the interaction between young designers and experienced artists, which combines new ideas with centuries-old know-how. I really like this trend in furniture design and I hope it will develop on a large-scale. 

Sunday 9 December 2012

Christmas mood

Did you already started to decorate your home for Christmas? 
I know there is plenty of inspiration everywhere, but I wan't to share my simple finds with you today. 
I hope you like their calm and simple appearance. Have a great week….

via : 1/ 2/ 3 / 4 / 5

Auction to raise funds for children.

 Anke and Sanne from  did some beautiful photos with donated products from online shops.They are joining the Serious Request action organize by 3FM. This year they focuses on the 5.5 million babies which die each year because of lack of medical care and counseling. Please join in! 

Today our Rafa-kids cloud pillow  is on the auction :

Thursday 6 December 2012

Place - Kinderkamercompany Rotterdam

If you following me on Facebook, you already know that our Rafa-kids beds, has been welcomed in Kindercamercompany children shop in Rotterdam. It is located on the Nieuwe Binnenweg 110 – 112, in the center of the city with many nice spots to hang out - cafes, clubs and shops. 

Accully I do not know any other so great shop with children furniture and accessories in Rotterdam  ( if you know - please let me know ! ). We are really honored, that they carry our brand in their established and known shop of the city!  We steped by last weekend (it was rainy and dark) but I did few photo's for you, to have a look inside. I hope you like it. 

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Decorating a child's bed - part 1

Since the bed is mostly of the time the largest piece of furniture in child's room, I think it's interesting to look for some inspiration how we can decorate it. 
Please tell me, how the bed of your kids looks like during the day.  I would love to know! Are you leaving the sheets on it, or you clean it nicely with pillows and blanket? My boys don't like when I put a blanket on the bed and organize the pillows . They like ( ohh no surprise about that ! ) comfortable mess! but I do like the minimal look of the photo's ;-)  at least I can dream about it ....

via :  1 / 2/  3-4 scan milk magazine no* 4 / 5