So this is a guilty pleasure post, this post about dollhouses. I never had one as a kid, but always wanted one. Clearly. But these beauties in this round-up are sure to make any architect aficionado, design enthusiast, parent or kid equally happy. And why shouldn’t our kids play with inspired designs, it might just help them think outside the box (and create a less boxy future).
This cardboard set includes blocks of moving walls and design elements, furniture and a family. By MoMA, this one is incredibly affordable; and super-duper plus that for 20 bucks you also get a little bit of culture and real open-ended play value that will bring out your child’s bourgeoning architect and designer. The fun colours and characters will certainly appeal to a kid’s sensibility too.
We don’t need palatial spaces to be happy. Functional small spaces are the way of the future. This Villa Sibi Minimalist dollhouse by Wolfgang Sirch & Christoph Bitzer is a home nicer than one I’m likely to live in (but that’s true of all of these dollhouses). I’d recommend piling them one on top of each other for all the social intrigue a high rise apartment affords, but at $675, let’s assume this is a modern beachfront property instead (and for $900 it comes with a garden and poolhouse. Of course).
This green home by PLAN TOYS is not only green because it is sustainably manufactured but also is a unique heirloom quality dollhouse that boasts features like a living wall, wind mill, solar panels, and recycling and composting bins. Because why shouldn’t children imagine a world with clean energy and zero waste? I have been a long time fan of PLAN TOYS: these well constructed gender neutral toys promote imaginative play and quietly incorporate the business’s ethical principles in the toys themselves.
Another minimalist dollhouse by NYC based Brinca Dada, this one is the Emerson House with its six spacious rooms spread across an open concept plan. With beautiful details like floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, recessed LED lighting, sliding glass doors, and solar panels (these power the lights) I’m ready to move in. Dollhouses on the Brinca Dada website are listed like actual real estate – cute touch!
This 3 story Victorian home with functioning French doors and wrap around porch is created by Etsy seller VictorianDollhouse. The house is laser cut from 1/8″ baltic birch and comes ready to be assembled by you (the photo of the sea of unassembled pieces, I warn you, is for puzzlers with focus and will). The detail here really is amazing though!
Of course no dollhouse is complete without furniture. Speaking of, have you noticed the resurgence of mid century modern these days? Maybe it never went away. Whatever the case, I’m sure your kid hasn’t noticed. These mini Eames chairs are clearly for the adults in the room. And they do their job, they make me smile. Available on Amazon no less.
What is it about toys, even those that reimagine the quotidian, that is so appealing? I actually take pleasure arranging the toy food in my son’s fridge every night though the thought of cleaning out my own fridge is something I actively push out of my mind. Sigh…