Rubens Barn was founded in 1998 by two mothers, Ewa Jarenskog and Teruko Wahlström, sharing a common strong belief that children should be children for as long as needed. They wanted to create a comforting friend that would last a childhood of play. A handmade baby doll friend with a soft cuddly form, friendly body proportions as well as a warm and cheeky expression. Each handmade doll would then give children the opportunity to practice creativity, care, and empathy through role-play.
Rubens Barn Story
Rubens Barn was named after Ewa’s late father who had always dreamed of a large family, but unfortunately passed away as a young man. Ruben was well known for his love for children and so with fond memories of her kind and caring father, the two would later decide to pay homage to Ruben by naming their company after him. Because “barn” means children in Swedish, this was natural to include to the name since children are the very focus of Rubens
Barn just as they were back in the days for Ruben. Today Ruben has many soft handmade children, being loved, and cared for in many homes across the world.
“Children shouldn’t be hurried out of their childhood. They should be allowed to play as long as they want and get the opportunity to practice creativity, care and empathy through role play.” Teruko, Founder of Rubens Barn
Our children are our biggest source of inspiration for Shaping a Kinder Future.
Rubens Barn 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 as they look to the side for eye contact when holding your Rubens Barn friend on your hip, just like when you hold a child. 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!
Our core values: unique, developing, friend guide us in our decisions and interactions.
From the basement to the train station
Ewa and Teruko began their journey from their basements and eventually started renting a small abandoned train station which functioned as their warehouse.
Family-owned production in China
Rubens Barn is extremely proud to have worked very closely with a family run producer in China for more than 20 years. They exclusively create Rubens Barn dolls and most of the highly skilled seamstresses have been a part of the journey from the beginning, perfecting their craft and helping shape Rubens Barn to what it is today.
Rubens Barn Original Harry was born
The Anatomically Correct Rubens Baby dolls are born
Since their launch, the Rubens Baby dolls continue to win the hearts of both people in the education as well as many customers looking for a soft handmade friend to help their child prepare for having a sibling. Their anatomically correct features still encourage curiosity for learning about the human body as well as routines around baby-care.
Rubens Barn reaches a milestone of 100,000 new friendships
Many years of dedication saw the Rubens Barn team slowly growing, word spreading and the motivation for designing more dolls increasing through each unique testimony of cuddle comfort and happiness. 100,000 handmade dolls found new homes and friends to play with.
Awarded with the honorary Toy of the Year-prize
With the launch of Rubens Mini EcoBuds, also known as ‘the mini tree planters’, Rubens Barn receives the prestigious award of Toy of the Year issued by the Swedish Toy and Baby Association. The Rubens Mini EcoBuds are ranked as number one within the Eco Friendly-category due to their sustainable design and the aspect of tree planting for each one sold.