photo Malina Ebert
Katja Runge, founder
Communications expert, trained TV journalist and mother of a daughter. In October 2012, she initiated a playable “children’s room” as a pilot project – with toys and children’s furniture from 22 independent, international brands at the Leipzig Design Festival, Designers’ Open. The overwhelmingly positive response from visitors and exhibitors proved that there is a great demand for meaningful, sustainable and aesthetic design culture for children. In May 2013, Katja Runge founded afilii – platform & network for meaningful design for kids.
Katharina Ploog, corporate design
Katharina has been supporting afilii’s brand presence in the area of graphics and corporate design since 2022. She ensures that the platform and the afilii partners are shown to their best advantage in print, on the web and in social media, so that even more people become enthusiastic about child-centered design culture. Katharina has a son and lives and works in Berlin.
photo Jessica Schäfer
Meike Langer, exhibition design
Meike loves to create a space for products to shine. Since 2019 she has curated afilii’s trade fair presentations. Her concepts support the platform’s exceptional positioning and in doing so, she continuously falls in the love with the clever products that are exhibited. At the actual trade fair, she likes to make the final touches herself.
photo Maite Poins
Alexandra Brechlin, editor
Alexandra Brechlin studied fashion and culture journalism and loves to write critically about design, sustainable lifestyle and Japanese culture. For afilii, she dedicates herself to child-friendly design and is always astonished how children constantly discover and create their world only by their imagination.
Alexander Augsten, developer
The sculptor and designer studied at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He is responsible for the appearance of afilii’s online media. In addition, he manufactures room furniture that helps grown-ups become children and children grow up.