It can often be difficult to find a designer that truly understands how children see the world – with That Way we have finally found a genius that has managed it. The brains and creativity behind this imaginative brand come from Aga and Damian.
Aga has used her years of expertise as an art director and illustrator to transform her talent into creating unique products for children’s interiors and clothing.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Aga is a zoologist when you look at her designs! They really do capture the beauty of the creatures in our world. Each and every time you just look at one of her new pieces, you are being personally invited to take a step into her crazy imagination and look at the world in a completely different way.
As a designer myself, it is really great to see someone pushing the boundaries for children – after all, who says that they cannot enjoy great design?
When we first came up with the idea for Simon’s room, he was just the size of a banana and we had no clue if he was in fact a he or a she. We wanted to keep the room in gender neutral colors. We chose seafoam and white for the accent wall and kept all furniture white as well, timeless, bright and happy.
Once Simon ripened from a squishy little tot into a rambunctious toddler, we felt the need to spruce it down, make it more boyish to fit his little bouncy personality. However, I didn’t want to let the nursery atmosphere go completely, hoping I could bring one more baby into it, in the not too farfetched future.And so the white birch-forest stayed and so did his changing-table-turned-shelf and crib-turned-toddler-bed pieces.
We brought in some items we thought would make it more entertaining, we were inspired by pop-art colors and pop-art toys, the monkey posters and the rocking airplane fit into this circus-y idea, and so do the little collector toys. I really wanted a tepee since I still remember an old one my brother and I had, little campouts in the middle of the room are what toddler dreams are made of. Simon truly loves it, we read bedtime stories in it every night. We also got him a little piano, I naively thought it will be the cutest sight to watch him compose sonatas and etudes, but for now it has served faithfully as a stepping stool. Lately, however he has been more inclined to play it, I am not holding my breath for a great composer in the making though.
My name is Kirsten. I’m from Holland and I am the happily married mum of Livia (16 months old). I’m honored to be featured on this amazing magazine’s site. I just love to look for inspiration about interior design, especially kids’ interiors. I’m always busy in our house, rearranging and creating new corners. When I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to start with the baby’s room. The first thing we bought was the wallpaper, it’s from Fine Little Day. I love the print and Livia does, too. She wants to count all of the little trees. I love the “seventy tree” panda poster and it looks great on that wall. I’m also a big fan of vintage items. I always use vintage furniture. In this room, the shelves are all vintage. I found them online on Marktplaats, a dutch second hand website. The lockers are from Ikea, I like them in this room because I didn’t wanted the room to be to “girly.” Urban Outfitters sells nice rugs, like the one in Livia’s room, and quirky accessories.
In our living room, we created a separate corner for Livia to play. The tent from Ferm living was a birthday present as were the little “Brio” stove and cart. We put up some shelves, so I can always change the things I put on it and create different moods. And I change things around often because I just like too much! Some of my favorite dutch web shops are www.suussies.nl for beautiful dolls and www.psikhouvanjou.nl for toys, books and accessories.