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Fanny & Alexander  Play a little more, and a little better | F&A creates beautiful toys that conjure wonder, encourage exploration, and cultivate the simple joys of play

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Things we love – Rocking Chair (Denmark,1944). As a small child — even as an adult! — the very best place in the world to be is in a rocking chair, lost in bedtime stories. Carried away to other worlds by the gentle rocking motion — and what better vessel for the voyage than Hans Wegner's masterpiece? Whatever chair you curl up in, let your imagination set sail tonight... #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged #onceuponatime #booksaremagic

Even time travel is possible when you have a vivid imagination! Luckily this paleontologist packed his binoculars for a better view of his Jurassic friend... Thank you @mamiiiii715 for allowing me to repost this adorable photo.

#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged #mindthedinosaurs

Hippos are fantastical creatures — as this lovely specimen in oak by Kay Bojesen reminds us! Did you know that water-loving hippos can't actually float or swim? Or that these rather portly characters would outrun a human in a running race? Perhaps you'll spy one out of your window today — keep your @fannyandalexander binoculars handy, hippo fans!

#kaybojesen #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged #happyhippos

Thank you, @madame_chacha, for allowing me to repost this sweet photo – what a lovely moment you've captured #madamechacha #childhoodunplugged

Things we love – Jens Risom's Child's Side Chair (USA, 1943). These lovely chairs are a simplified, and perfectly child-sized, version of the midcentury master's iconic Side Chair, originally made using surplus parachute straps during the war. Described as 'good, honest furniture,' his designs were incredibly human-centric: warm, humble and incredibly comfortable. How sweet would it be as a child to perch atop these to concentrate on a craft project or a puzzle?
#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #childhoodunplugged #thingsewlove

We believe that even young children benefit enormously from being surrounded by thoughtful design, creating calm atmospheres that are conducive to imaginative play, and cultivating a sense of appreciation for the enduring and well-made. This beautiful kindergarten in South Tyrol's Valdaora di Sotto, designed by @feld72_architects, is top of the class for appropriate, handsome spatial design for children – doesn't it make you want to go back to school? We would love to hear your examples of child-centric architecture, too!

#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged #childfriendlyarchitecture

Nothing makes us happier than seeing our lovely toys in the hands of their young owners around the world. We've collected some of our favourite recent snaps of our small friends using their favourite @fannyandalexander toys to discover, imagine and create worlds – just like we'd always hoped. Please keep your beautiful photos coming! @sannehop @mama_2thelittleones @linestampedahl @mylittlethree @__.asuu @liilukid @____sakuu._
#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged #friendsoffannyandalexander

Getting out into nature at any time of year is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the turning wheel of the seasons, get a sense of our small place in a magnificent world, and slow down to observe the tiniest details. Whether you're planting bulbs in a window box, digging for worms in your garden, or, like this young botanist, identifying trees on a rainy forest walk, how can you find a moment in the wilderness? Thank you to our dear friend @mamiiiii715 for allowing me to repost this sweet photo.

#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #childhoodunplugged #ifyougodowntothewoodstoday #naturalexplorers

Have you ever wondered about the best way to talk to children about their art? Or considered how a thoughtful redesign might help students eat more healthily at school? The first issue of @Ottiya is here to field just these sorts of questions. With its focus on 'meaningful, creative and fun learning and education', we were always going to be eager readers, but we're very happy to also be sponsors of this wonderful new magazine for parents and educators.
We share a great deal in common – a passion and curiosity for learning and play – and are proud to support this important new publication. Issue One, the 'Community' issue is out now, and the upcoming issue on 'Play' will be one especially close to our hearts!

#fannyandalexander #ottiyamagazine

Utterly adorable photo by @madame_chacha. Thank you Morgane for allowing me to share this beautiful photo 😘

What will you capture in your photographs 📷? A family pet pulling the funniest of faces 🐕, the deciding moment in a game of conkers, or a brightly coloured kite swooping in the wind? Peer through the wooden viewfinder to frame your photograph, adjust the working zoom and then snap your ordinary or extraordinary moment. #fannyandalexander #childhoodunplugged #creativeplay #imaginativeplay

In addition to the other project I've been working on recently 🤰🏻I have also been quietly busy refining some of our best-loved toys. Very soon, we'll be launching our wooden cameras in five new colours, each inspired by some of our very favourite parts of nature. Our cameras will now be available wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather in Cat's Paw Pink, Grey Lilacs, Fern Frond Green, River Pebble Grey and Warm Bark Brown. We've also updated our tool set, binoculars and film camera in beautiful new rubber and sapele teak woods, and they all arrive tucked snugly into our lovely new packaging. We can't wait for you to see them (and to play with them!). #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged #coloursofnature

In addition to the other project I've been working on recently 🤰🏻I have also been quietly busy refining some of our best-loved toys. Very soon, we'll be launching our wooden cameras in five new colours, each inspired by some of our very favourite parts of nature. Our cameras will now be available wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather in Cat's Paw Pink, Grey Lilacs, Fern Frond Green, River Pebble Grey and Warm Bark Brown. We've also updated our tool set, binoculars and film camera in beautiful new rubber and sapele teak woods, and they all arrive tucked snugly into our lovely new packaging. We can't wait for you to see them (and to play with them!). #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged #coloursofnature

Things we love – Swedish midcentury modern rocking horse made of cane and rattan (1960s; designer unknown). It's thrilling to watch a small child developing their physical and kinetic confidence rocking back and forth – and for your little one to gallop away into the plains of their imagination! This charming steed is one of our favourites for just this purpose.
#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged #rockinghorse #midcenturytoys #whoathere

In addition to the other project I've been working on recently 🤰🏻I have also been quietly busy refining some of our best-loved toys. Very soon, we'll be launching our wooden cameras in five new colours, each inspired by some of our very favourite parts of nature. Our cameras will now be available wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather in Cat's Paw Pink, Grey Lilacs, Fern Frond Green, River Pebble Grey and Warm Bark Brown. We've also updated our tool set, binoculars and film camera in beautiful new rubber and sapele teak woods, and they all arrive tucked snugly into our lovely new packaging. We can't wait for you to see them (and to play with them!). #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged #coloursofnature

In addition to the other project I've been working on recently 🤰🏻I have also been quietly busy refining some of our best-loved toys. Very soon, we'll be launching our wooden cameras in five new colours, each inspired by some of our very favourite parts of nature. Our cameras will now be available wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather in Cat's Paw Pink, Grey Lilacs, Fern Frond Green, River Pebble Grey and Warm Bark Brown. We've also updated our tool set, binoculars and film camera in beautiful new rubber and sapele teak woods, and they all arrive tucked snugly into our lovely new packaging. We can't wait for you to see them (and to play with them!). #fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged #coloursofnature

Lost in the world of your own creation – is there anywhere better to be? Thank you @mamiiiii715 for allowing me to repost this adorable photo.

#fannyandalexander #woodentoys #creativeplay #imaginativeplay
#childhoodunplugged

The seasons are beginning to swing back towards autumn 🍂🍁 or spring 🌿🌳(depending on where you find yourself!), so we suggest making the most of these golden days with as many picnics as you can muster. Can anything boost your mood more than spending an afternoon barefoot, curled up on a well-loved blanket, eating freshly prepared food at the park or beach? And, if you pack food from your pantry, it's almost free! The combination of outdoor adventures, time to enjoy each other and the opportunity to share a family meal together makes this one of our very favourite pastimes. So much the better if you can pack it all up carefully in a beautiful basket – we adore this one from Peterboro.

What do you pack for your perfect picnic 🤔? We like to tuck a tomato 🍅 tart, some cherries 🍒 and a couple of bottles of lemonade 🍋 into our basket – but we'd love to know your favourite snacks and spots...tell us in the comments! ✨ #picnictime #alfrescoadventures #freshfoodfreshair #fannyandalexander

We've been overwhelmed by the kind messages and warm wishes with which we've been inundated since our last post. To everyone who took a moment to share their love and congratulations with us: thank you. We feel luckier than we can say to be surrounded by such a special community, and grateful to have such a special extended family for ourselves and our soon-arriving son.

Now more than ever I am captivated by beautiful family spaces and children's nurseries such as this loveliest of corners captured by @mamiiiii715 – we can only hope to capture a similar sense of serenity and beauty in our own nursery. Thank you, as always, @mamiiiii715 ii75 for allowing us to be inspired by (and share) your wonderful home. #fannyandalexander

Longtime friends will notice that things have been somewhat quiet on the Fanny & Alexander front recently, and will know that I'm a little more comfortable outside the spotlight, so this is a very overdue, and very personal, post.

As someone whose life is so involved with children and childhood, it may have seemed a little odd (if you were aware) that I wasn't a mother. I've long been a devoted (and delighted!) aunt, godmother and friend to the extraordinary children in my life, but had some time ago resigned myself that this would be the extent of my mothering. After years struggling to have a family, including some very difficult years of treatment, I was able to come to a relative peace with the fact that parenthood might not be part of my path.

But it seems the fates had other plans after all. To my immense surprise, a few months ago I discovered that I had, in fact, become pregnant, and I'm overwhelmed with joy to tell you that our son will arrive in February. It's an event that is as wondrous as it is unexpected.

We're thrilled to be able to share our news with you, and excited beyond belief to be on this adventure. I'm looking forward to channeling my recently returned energy into Fanny & Alexander again, and to the new vantage point from which I'll soon be viewing the marvellous world of children and parents.

Another great photo by @mamiiiii715✨. Rion with our satchel 💼. Thank you Mami for sharing this beautiful photo. 💛😘 #fannyandalexander #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged

Things we love - Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, crafted from birch wood 🙌. #creativeplay #artek

In good company @babaaknitwear 🙌🏻. Thank you Mami @mamiiiii715 for this beautiful image. 🙏💛😘 #fannyandalexander #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged

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.

Stunning photo by @tessahop✨. Thank you Tessa for allowing me to repost this beautiful image. 💛😘 #fannyandalexander #creativeplay #imaginativeplay #childhoodunplugged

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