No frills, lots of imagination.
Playing is about fantasy. But most toys leave little to the imagination. Dollhouses are pink whoppers and toy cars are based on polluting diesels. That can be done differently. Child and environmentally friendly, for example.
We want to give children a blank canvas to shape their world. That is why we make (ourselves!) Sustainable wooden toy houses. They are not only fun to play with, but also beautiful to look at. And yes, we make it cliché: nice to give and to receive. So. That’s out.
All cottages are delivered in a flat pack. You can easily assemble them yourself (and store them quickly, if you really can’t see them anymore). No hassle, plastic, or batteries. So they also last a lifetime.
Our toy houses are sturdy and real to play with. Not only with little dolls and furniture – they can also withstand wild siblings, colliding race cars and other creative interpretations of ‘sweet play’.
Who makes this?
Spoiler alert: no big factories! And the only children’s hands that come in handy with our products are from my oldest son. He is part of a strict, but fair test panel, together with my mother. We really make the houses ourselves.
Who are we? Pleasant: Marloes and Lucas Pijfers, daughter and father. How did we come up with the idea for toy houses? We did not have to look far for inspiration for houses: we spent a lot of time at home last year. With a small one on the way and the outside world upside down, spend a little extra time on what it looks like inside, and what you can engage with. Myself now, and the little one who was coming later.
Dad also spent a lot of time at home, and this family never really got bored. What is in it, and especially in my father, is a tremendous amount of ideas and creativity. When I was in primary school, I even proudly said that my father was an inventor. He is actually a graphic designer, but that too is a form of constantly coming up with something new. During my pregnancy and my search for beautiful toys, we thought that we could also make something ourselves. How did we know: we had a milling machine. “But what then?”
The rest is history. Or rather: future.
Sustainable and local. But really.
We figure out what to make together, and Dad makes it happen with his machine. After milling, it goes into a sanding drum, making it nice and soft to the touch. The houses are not painted or finished with oil. Pure nature. Made in the Netherlands, from durable 9 millimeter thick birch plywood, which we receive from a training company for autistic young people.
Do you also have your own toy house at home? Fun! watch here what we make for you.