When I realized that my last post in the kids category was ages (ok, months...) ago I didn't have to look far for a fresh find: Berlin-based architect and designer Anna Pfeiffer's toys and furniture for her brand Hase Weiss have been on my list for a while.
My first encounter with Hase Weiss was more than six years ago. When my first son was born I was given one of Anna Pfeiffer's rocking horses as a present. Over the years I've come across Anna Pfeiffer's own designs and other items she sells in her store more and more often and was happy to see her shop and brand grow.
Anna Pfeiffer started designing the first pieces of what would later become her collection when her parents wanted to give her two chairs and a table for her two little girls. She couldn't find what she was looking for: modern, beautiful pieces that would last a lifetime. Being an architect and having designed furniture before she decided to make them herself. This eventually turned into a new career and in her retail and online shop Hase Weiss (which translates into "white rabbit", but is actually a little wordplay).
Besides an emphasis on quality products, good working conditions and fair trade it is the timless and clever design which makes Hase Weiss so outstanding and interesting.
I say clever design because every piece is made to last more than just a few years - not only because it won't fall apart after one year, but also because it can be combined with or added to other pieces of the collection to turn it into something new as time goes by and needs and preferences change.
This can be applied to almost every piece of her slowly growing furniture collection: A drawer element for example can be used with the bench, the stool, the cabinet or the shelf. The market stand can serve as a shelf when the kids are not playing market anymore.
My personal favourite is the minimalist doll house: It consists of several pastel coloured room elements and stairs which can be bought seperately or in a set. Depending on how the boxes are arranged the dollhouse can look differently every day. And those who want to take it to their grandparents can even store the rooms in a practical chalkboard cover box and carry the whole house with them.
Hase Weiss also offers everything that goes inside the dollhouse or the farm and many many more handpicked items by different brands. If you share my love for simple design and quality materials when it comes to children's toys: hop over and browse a little - but don't blame me for the bill later!
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Our Hase Weiss rocking horse is also living a second life now. You can see what we use it for today on my instagram...