F&A interviews - Our interview of Sanne Hop @sannehop is long over due, we’ve been fans of her beautiful photographs, her parenting and her wonderful sense of style for a very long time now. We’re thankful and honoured by her kind support of F&A and for agreeing to do this Q&A. Below is a portion of this thoughtful and considered interview, Sanne’s wonderful insights were so detailed and valuable that I’ve decided to include the full long form interview in a new section on our website called ‘Journal’. Read a portion below and head over to our website for the full interview ✨
Q: What is your philosophy towards play
A: I love all natural materials, such as wood, linen, silk, wool, and hemp. In our home we have tried to work with those materials and create an inviting and enjoyable place to live and play in. I feel this is very important because children internalize everything from their surroundings. By surrounding children with beauty, children will develop their aesthetic awareness and appreciation. I love my children to play with simple, unfinished toys, rather than big plastic ones, because it allows their imagination to develop. Even tough my children sometimes feel attracted to the plastic toys from commercials, we try to minimalize buying those. I feel that when children are constantly exposed to synthetic/ plastic toys, they are at risk of losing their sense of awe, of beauty and their sense of wonder and imagination. Next to that I don’t feel like buying mass-produced, low quality, automated and plastic toys, that will end up being thrown away after a short time. But, most importantly, it often turns out that my children will play with natural toys for much longer and with much more pleasure. They encourage creative, imaginative and meaningful play. Next to that I believe there shouldn’t be to many toys. Too many options lead to overwhelm. I always try to have few well-chosen, elegant and natural toys to play and discover with.