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Raffi walldeco – Giving body to painted colour

Raffi walldeco – Giving body to painted colour

Liberty is a meaningful word; the idea behind it is even more meaningful. Ensuring that it becomes something enjoyed by all is a significant challenge. However, when it comes to personal freedom, we can give this gift to ourselves immediately, simply by living our life the way we want to live it. This life should be lived in a place where it feels liberated and at home. As a designer for the home furnishing brand Raffi, I have set myself the task of creating beautiful things that allow you to design your private environment to be exactly how you want it. Sometimes all it takes is a small change or an extra touch to make a big impact on your living space. A new coat of paint in a calm colour, striking wallpaper, or perhaps a contemporary skirting board to frame your interior in a completely new way.
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Raffi walldeco – DIY Royals

Raffi walldeco – DIY Royals

Walls and ceilings offer plenty of space for adding new characteristics to a room. Decorative mouldings, beautiful paint colours or striking wallpapers are a quick and easy way to design walls creatively to great effect. This change doesn’t have to wait until the next rainy weekend or your first day off from work. A few simple steps is all it takes to change more than just the room’s image. Each piece of moulding is a piece of art – and also releases the artist in you.

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Raffi sanitary – Refreshing prosspects

Raffi sanitary – Refreshing prosspects

Being able to experience that wellness feeling in your own bathroom is by far no unattainable luxury, but something you should treat yourself to at least once a day. An oasis for singles, a family spa, a refuge: the bathroom is an important space for everyone, and a space which should meet the highest standards of functionality and aesthetics. Raffi sanitary offers the very best comfort and design with two sets of washbasins and a wall-mounted toilet set. Elegant. Classic. Beautiful.

Raffi sanitary washbasins are particularly deep, allowing you to run and keep water in the basin and offering enough space for you to comfortably wash your hair. Despite its elegant curves, the basin is wide enough for you to leave any items you need for your daily hygiene and beauty routine on it. The tap gives you all you need and more, water flowing up through its elegantly shaped neck and into the washbasin at the temperature and with the power you require.

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Raffi tiles – Tiles exuding charisma

Raffi tiles – Tiles exuding charisma

Eyes. Hands. Passion and sensuality. Designs that allow you to feel with your eyes and see with your hands, that satisfy the longing they created. These are not necessarily the first thoughts and emotions that come to mind when thinking about ceramic tiles. However, they most definitely apply to the new collection from Raffi tiles. Each tile is the very image of sensual design, waiting for you to take it home, wanting to show you how perfectly it suits any home design.

And for me, that was the aim of the game: to create for a tiles collection for the Raffi brand that unites sensuality and modern comfort, and combines these sensations with all the strength and robust nature of ceramics.

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Raffi Wallpaper – Villa Raphael

Raffi Wallpaper – Villa Raphael

“Experiencing beauty lies in the combination of nature and imagination.”

Even before the first brush stroke for the motifs illustrating this new collection of wallpapers, I knew what emotion I wanted to trigger in the people looking at them. Despite a contemporary attitude, they should move the senses and add a touch of poetry to the practicality of everyday life. That is how it came about that the “Villa Raphael” collection takes the two most important virtues its name hints at very much to heart: a merging of architecture and nature, and the communication of safety and protection. This makes it possible to create a home interior that greatly values no-frills symmetry and perfect proportions yet also dares to emulate the beauty of nature. read more…

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Raffi wallpapers with contemporary ambitions

Raffi wallpapers with contemporary ambitions

In the past, a cactus used to be considered the ultimate pot plant for hopeless fuddy-duddies. And now? Nowadays, a cactus has become what could be termed the “hipster” amongst pot plants. It can be found at art exhibitions, lifestyle magazines and in renowned newspapers and even features in editorials, where it is described with love and affection despite all its spikiness. Wallpaper has undergone similar ups and downs in popularity. Adored in the 1960s as a decorative wall covering primarily by conservatives and subsequently forgotten and even banished, it has once again regained its position as the star of contemporary wall design. Thanks to modern production processes, today’s wallpapers precisely reflect the vision and intentions of their designers; they have even come to symbolise avant-garde design. The Raffi brand’s latest wallpaper collection openly communicates nature’s thoughts by means of gentle shades and clear lines. And it does all that using an extremely modern design language and the latest colours. Dutch designer Maarten Vrolijk translates “The Essence of Nature” into modern product design, thereby removing the boundaries between naive contemplation and artistic realisation. read more…

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Raffi tiles for the living room, bathroom and kitchen

Raffi tiles for the living room, bathroom and kitchen

In recent years, bathrooms and kitchens have developed from slightly embarrassing, functional rooms to the centre stage of personal living spaces. For a long time now, cooking has no longer taken place behind closed doors, but in the focal point of the house, where people are now also happy for guests to watch. In this “age of health” the well-kept wet area is no longer a luxury, and has long since become a “must have” for the soul. The Raffi tiles collection effectively combines design and function in both areas.

Dive in and recharge: Stylish home spa

Is your bathroom already a quiet zone or an oasis of wellness? Not yet? Then Raffi has a few ideas about how you can create a beautiful space for your private relaxation ritual. Relaxation is a very personal thing. Some people enjoy silence and a good book; others listen to loud music and need to vent energetically; while the next person needs to get out into nature.

Whether it serves as a quiet zone, an oasis of wellness, or a family spa, the bathroom has been pursuing its new calling for a long time and has come a long way from its origins as a washroom. The modern wet room aims to provide a sensory zone and intimate space where you can leave behind the troubles of everyday life and retreat to your inner world. Exactly what kind of magic this room provides, is a matter of individual lifestyle and personal taste. However, one thing is for certain: Even a bathroom requires high-quality materials, patterns, colours and beautiful accessories to help create the desired atmosphere. read more…

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A brief introduction to relaxed living

A contemporary, relaxing home interior does not necessarily mean cool and purist but relies on clearly defined, simple and individual design elements, from walls and floors to furniture and decorative touches. What is important is to create a calm basic style concept for the room right from the beginning. Everyday life demands more than enough complexity from us; it is therefore perfectly alright to have a relaxing and simple home life.

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This refers to fabrics and materials with a purposeful, sleek character, to unfussy shapes and a bare minimum of decorative elements. Avoid anything distracting or concealing; anything that hints at something beautiful or enhances the ambience is welcome. Such as, for example, the “rose black and white” wallpaper from the Raffi collection. A contemporary homage to the beauty of the rose yet also a fitting background for a beautifully designed chair. read more…
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Trends 2015/2016 and the Raffi paint “House of Colours” at Heimtextil

Trends 2015/2016 and the Raffi paint “House of Colours” at Heimtextil

Looking wasn’t enough. Touching wasn’t enough. Hearing wasn’t enough. This year’s trend displays at Heimtextil in Frankfurt were a “fair for the senses”. Anyone who was hoping to leave the exhibition centre with a clear but unimaginative picture of the latest interior design trends was disappointed, at least in Hall 4. The trend displays, arranged like islands, were like a motley variety show. Anything is possible. Anything goes. The development of designs featuring a wide range of different materials, shapes and colours, summarised in four chapters by way of an explanation of the Zeitgeist. According to the international trend board, the 2015/2016 soft furnishing and colour concepts follow four main rules: “Sensory”, “Mixology”, “Discovery” and “Memory”.

Experience: the new trends

In the old days, good interiors simply followed the golden rule: perfection is when everything matches, the materials all go with each other, only a few colours are used, design is dictated by function, etc.. After that, an eclectic mix of styles, flea market finds and treasures from around the world were all the rage. Today, interiors are governed by individual ideas of comfort and furnishing your home as you please. The “Sensory” trend island introduced products that appeal to our tactile and sensory perception. It featured innovative solutions such as fabrics that respond to human touch or to different lighting conditions. “Mixology”, on the other hand, is not the name of a truly new trend but refers to a fusion of different cultures and illustrates their effect on fabrics and colours. At first glance, these inspirations from around the world seem to result in a colourful jumble of spun, woven and knotted fabrics. However, closer inspection revealed many different cultural messages. The future will be brightly dressed in robes created by alchemists. Since Frankfurt, this trend is known as “Discovery”, as it illustrates the designers’ attempts to already create the look of the future today. The reflection of light plays a key role, as do woven and fulled materials whose nature does not suggest this finishing process, giving them a somewhat cosmic touch. The fourth trend picks up on people rediscovering the small things in life that they feel a close bond with, the things that make them happy. “Memory” results from remembering and revalidating already familiar elements.

Interior collages that are a sign of our time

Anything is possible. Anything goes. Those looking for reliably constant messages and values look towards a product’s brand and the designer’s signature style as an indicator of quality. The Raffi “House of Colours” was one of the most striking looking brand displays with a concept of beautiful interiors that soon convinced visitors. Fifteen earthy colours, each available in three different finishes, gathered under one roof to appeal to the senses. Raffi paint represents a unique colour concept for the entire home, which can be relied on to give any style of interior a calm and relaxing atmosphere. See www.raffi-paint.de for more information about the Raffi paints.

Raffi for life Discoveries

A happy 2015!

A happy 2015!

“Just to keep alive isn’t enough,” said the butterfly. “To live you must have sunshine and freedom and a little flower to love!” When Hans Christian Andersen penned his story about a little butterfly, he hardly did so with the intention of leaving instructions on how to be happy. Nor could he guess the joy and the passion with which people would want to return to these simple things over 150 years later, and that his story would receive a very contemporary meaning in the context of a lifestyle brand. Even all those years ago, Andersen did nothing else but to communicate his vision of happiness in a way that was destined to survive the social context of his era.

For a long time, an object was hailed a designer product only if it was striking, unusual or even somewhat extroverted. Materials, shapes and colours gave the product its special value and turned “good design” into a platitude that stood for exclusive and extremely expensive. This made their enjoyment and luxury as fleeting as the beauty of the products. Today’s lasting, honest design makes its own statement which not only appeals to our sensory perception but also communicates a discovery, and observation made by the designer. Subjectivity becomes the decisive mark of quality and enhances the functional and purely beautiful. read more…

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Fresh paint! Easy, quick and beautiful: Raffi paint’s got talent

Fresh paint! Easy, quick and beautiful: Raffi paint’s got talent

You want to transform Grandma’s favourite armchair into something completely new – or simply give your living room a new coat of paint?

You need:

  • Raffi wall paint in the colours and structures you choose
  • Raffi undercoat
  • Raffi masking tape
  • Raffi paint roller and/or universal paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire brush
  • Mould remover if necessary

How it’s done:
before you start painting, all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and if necessary repaired. Surface dirt can easily be removed using a damp cloth. read more…

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Maarten Vrolijk – Interview

Maarten Vrolijk – Interview

For over 25 years, Maarten Vrolijk has been one of the internationally successful designers who make do without an extroverted distancing effect in their creative work. The Amsterdam-based designer considers it important to elaborate on the simple, unequivocal nature of a product. His design language is so unusual because it consciously plays with shapes, colours and materials in an uncontrived way. He aims to make products not just useful; they should also make people’s everyday lives that bit more beautiful through the many little details that evoke the unexpected. Many of his works are exhibited in museums including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Studio in Amsterdam has been selling several of his product lines for some years under the label ‘Raffi for life’.

Numerous design fairs are held each year to present new trends and give us an insight into tomorrow’s beautiful items. Only recently at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, visitors were able to experience how their homes may look in the future – if they follow the trends. To what extent do these exhibitions and the observation of trends influence your work? Is it necessary to keep up with trends in order to be modern?

Maarten Vrolijk: Trend is a word often used for fashionable products which are ‘in’ one moment and ‘out’ again the next. I don’t feel any connection to products of that kind. What really fascinates me is the spirit of the times in which we live.
This determines our preferences for materials, techniques, colours and forms at a particular point in time. We sometimes think that a trend is set down for us, but that is a misunderstanding. Ultimately, trends are made and dictated by people. We just attempt to receive the earliest signals with our highly-developed antennae and transpose them into products and collections. We are all, consciously or unconsciously, affected by a dominant trend or spirit of the moment. We are influenced daily by the information and images presented to us – and that’s a huge amount, due to the internet and social media. This flow of information can confuse people and make them want something to hold on to. 
A brand to which you feel loyalty can be that something, because you feel a relationship to the thought and style behind the brand. Raffi designs lifestyle collections which express the spirit of the times and fit in with the strategy and mentality of our brand. We seek a dialogue and relationship with nature as our greatest, inexhaustible source of inspiration. We don’t aim to imitate, but seek the symbiosis with our creativity and inspiration that leads to the creation of interesting new images, resulting in a natural harmony between all Raffi products. read more…

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Rooms with character – need strong surfaces with their own profile

Rooms with character – need strong surfaces with their own profile

A warm welcome in the entrance hall

Your home presents your attitude to life. And it begins in the entrance hall. It’s not always easy for the entrance hall to look its best: on the one hand, it should receive visitors with stylistic and aesthetic sensitivity, inviting them to stay. On the other hand, it must imaginatively organise and conceal a mass of jackets, caps, scarves, bags, keys, mobile phones and shoes, producing them again instantly when required. Sometimes, a few little tricks can help make the house entrance both homelike and practical. The first few square metres of living space are often hectically busy as the house’s inhabitants, large and small, put down their bags, hurriedly hunt for jackets and shoes or hastily stuff them back. In order to create a peaceful location for this small chaos, it is a good idea to paint all the doors off the entrance hall in the same colour as the wall. That’s no problem with Raffi paints, because they’re suitable for wood as well as walls. Another suggestion: combining different textures such as sand and satin creates an atmosphere which promises both the down-to-earth lightness of Scandinavian country house style and the elegance of modern living. Skilfully placed mirrors smuggle an illusion of size into the entrance hall and reflect the light. read more…

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Light and colour – an inseparable couple

Light and colour – an inseparable couple

Private bright spots: artfully placed lights create atmosphere

Even now in the days of modern LED lighting artists, candlelight is the essential accessory for an atmospheric cosy evening, whether as a couple or with a larger number. In the flickering light of candles we can unconsciously conceal all the things we didn’t invite but which nevertheless have their place: the piles of books, the worn corners of the couch and other traces of life disappear in the delightful semi-darkness without spoiling the cosy atmosphere. In the beginning was light… it is energy, emotion and designer. read more…