our story

We, Alper Demir and Anna van Gerve are a designers duo, both graduated in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. We make products from wood and textile for babies, kids and parents. Since our son was born in 2016, we are seeing up close how children experience the world; full of colour and adventure. This is reflected in our designs.

 

Color, imagination and adventure

Kids live in a world full of color, imagination and adventure.

That is the basis for our designs.

 

Handcrafted, durable, quality

All of our products are designed and made by us. We use

carefully selected durable and certified natural materials.

Playful, graphical design

To allow the imagination of the kid to flourish, we use simple

shapes and colors. A lot of our inspiration comes from abstract art.

 

Both for kids and adults

Our products are not only children’s toys, but also beautiful

designs for everybody to enjoy.

All of our toys are in compliance with the European standards for safety on toys (EN-71.3) and bear the CE mark, which confirms they passed all tests (a.o. flammability tests, chemical tests and mechanical tests).

 

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0% plastic 100% natural

Every year about over 5 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans. This plastic does not dissolve but disintegrates into smaller pieces, releasing toxins in the process. UNESCO estimates that over 100.000 sea mammals die each year as a consequence of the pollution of our oceans with plastic. In addition, there is strong evidence that plastic pollution also poses a threat for

human health. It is already known that many additives in plastic are considered extremely harmful, especially for still developing children. However, the full scope of the problem is still poorly understood. Because we don’t want to contribute to the plastic problem in any way, all of our toys, packaging and promotion materials are completely plastic free.

 

Our soft toys are made with GOTS* certified organic cotton plush, a linnen/cotton mix and organic cotton thread. We fill them with and Oeko-Tex Standard-100** certified Texel sheep wool stuffing. Texel is a Dutch island, and close to our hometown: Alkmaar. Besides being soft and comforting, wool is hypoallergenic, and wool-stuffed toys are therefore ideal for all children, also those with asthma, eczema or allergies.

 

For our wooden toys we use environmentally friendly natural paints and finishesand FSC*** certified wood, paints and finishes.

 

Of course our packaging and printed material are also all environmentally friendly; recycled cardboard boxes, FSC certified paper tape and paper.

 

* The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

** Articles carrying the STANDARD 100 Oeko-Tex label have been tested for harmful substances and have been demonstrated to be harmless in human ecological terms.

*** The FSC certification is considered the gold standard designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.

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