About Us

Handmade Happiness

In 1996 ceramic designer Ewa Jarenskog came across a problem. Ewa had been successfully creating popular clay figurines with emotional, childlike and cheeky motives, but they weren’t suitable for children to play with. So Ewa and her friend, apparel designer Teruko Wahlström, started their journey together to create Rubens Barn.

They faced two main challenges. To capture the expressions of Ewa’s clay models in soft fabric, and to create a friend that would last a childhood of play. These challenges, along with the strong beliefs in the importance of developing empathy through play, and that children shouldn’t be hurried out of their childhood, have guided us at Rubens Barn until today.

Teruko Kent Karin Nils Maria
Planning Teruko factory

We are extremely proud to have worked very closely with a family run producer in China for more than 16 years. They exclusively create Rubens Barn and most of the highly skilled seamstresses have been with us from the beginning, perfecting their craft and helping shape Rubens Barn to what it is today. We are mutually dependant on each other and have during these years created a strong friendship where we have thrived together.

Barn means children in Swedish and it is children that are our focus. A child playing and interacting with a Rubens Barn doll, developing their empathy to later become more understanding and sociable adults is what motives us. We are excited about focusing more on this emotional education and hope that you will join us on our journey!

About our Dolls

A Rubens Barn doll takes over 100 different steps by hand to create. The faces of our dolls are sculptured in soft fabric, for a more emotional and realistic look. The eyes are important. They are embroidered and are what brings the dolls to life, and in combination with their warm cheeky smiles, makes a Rubens Barn doll an irresistible friend! Handmade Happiness!

Material and Washing

Hair, skin & clothes for our organic cotton dolls are made with 100% certified organic cotton. Hair, skin & stuffing for all other dolls are made with 100% polyester. Bottom weight 100% calcium carbonate granule. All dolls can be machine washed in 30°C and tumble dried in low heat. All clothes should be hand washed.

Category Suitable age Height Weight
Rubens Barn Original 3 50 1000
Little Rubens 3 40 700
Rubens Outfits & Accessories 3
Rubens Baby 0 45 700
Rubens Kids 0 36 350
Rubens Ark 0 36 350
Rubens EcoBuds 0 35 150
Rubens Cutie 0 32 155
Rubens Goodies 0 12-24 50-200
Cutie rainydays Ecobuds Cutie midwinter Clara bike Tim clara Butterfly pink

From the blog

25 May

While Longing to be Parents

While waiting and longing to be parents, we got to know a couple also waiting for a child from South Africa just like us. Together we travelled to Stockholm for a children's fair. There we each bought a Ruben's baby for our expected children. They bought Nils and we bought Nora. Two weeks later, they received news of a little boy waiting for them in South Africa. We saw it...

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22 May

Introducing Rubens Baby – The Nurture Dolls

Aren’t they just adorable? Like real babies, Rubens Baby dolls like to be hugged, carried and taken care of. Practice and learn to feed, dress and change the diapers of these anatomically correct baby dolls.

WHY RUBENS BABY?

Rubens Baby dolls are the perfect choice for educating future parents or older siblings about nurturing. These handmade baby dolls make for a good...

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