Two brothers, on an adventure together. Folko is the oldest, and is the founder of the Abel concept. A friend of his told him about how a few pieces of plastic used in farming had kept his children busy for days – working hard to build an amazing tent. Folko was captivated by the idea of being able to design a tent which would not just be to play in, but more especially to be played WITH. He tested ideas for months. He started out with paper models, and many, many fabric models followed. Searching for the perfect shapes, and proportions for the fabric sheets. Which shapes were best, and how many of each shape were needed to create the most possibilities? How could he create something which offered so many options that you could never get bored of it? That was the question which kept him busy for months.
Folko’s brother and business parter is Jelmer. He studied teaching, specialising in Waldorf teaching methods. There he also learned about how you can use teaching materials to help with growth and development. After teaching for a while, he started guiding and coaching children. During this coaching he uses outdoor activities as materials for development and growth. This makes growing and learning fun! When his brother starting talking about his Abel idea, Jelmer immediately saw the possibilities. This play tent offers such a positive contribution to the development of children, and more importantly – it’s so much fun! It would be amazing if as many children as possible could learn more about Abel, and about themselves. Both brothers are driven by a desire to make life an adventure. Discover new things. Push boundaries. Showing Abel the world is a wonderful challenge, and a huge adventure, which will hopefully make the world a more beautiful place.