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Dollhouse Living Room by White Owl

Were any of you following Emily Henderson’s “Im a GiantDollhouse Challenge a few months back? Seeing the tiny homes these fantastic designers and bloggers built was fascinating. Everyone really pulled out all the stops including stained parquet floors, upholstered sofas, and hand painted wallpaper (a few of my favourites are here, here and here).  All these small scale homes had me thinking mini, as in miniature versions of regular sized things. Here are a few examples of miniatures that are all the more beautiful because of their smallness.

Panton 1959 Eames Chairs in miniturePanton 1959 Chairs by Vitra Design Museum

La Mamma Pesce in miniatureMiniature La Mamma, Pesce 1969 by Vitra Design Museum

Vitra has created miniature reproductions of iconic designs from Eames, Panton, Gehry and more. I may have gasped when I saw the price of these mini marvels (one of the Panton chairs will set you back 124,90 Euros and La Mamma is a whopping 299,80 Euros), but for design afficciendos it may be the next best thing to owning the full-sized version.

Mini Sushi Food SculptureSushi by Shay Aaron via the wondrous

These food sculptures by Shay Aaron are wonders to behold. Sadly, none of her creations are edible, but they sure look good enough to eat. If you follow this link you can see more of her foodie creations as well as photos of how she makes these tiny food items out of polymer clay.

Mini Planter Mini Planter How-to by Etsy

I want a whole garden of these mini planters. It’s small space gardening at it’s most miniscule. To make a few itsy bitsy plants of your own you can use small terracotta planters that are often found at craft or garden stores, but thimbles will also do the trick. For full directions head on over to the Etsy blog.

Mini Printing Press via Anthology Mag

Is this not the most charming little gadget you’ve ever seen? It’s a miniature printing press that you can actually typeset yourself. Probably not the best route to go if you’re trying to print a whole novel but it would be fun for personalizing stationary or cards.

installation by Liliana Porter

Liliana Porter via Art Hound

Liliana Porter’s installations of tiny people interacting with an over-sized world are humorous and thought-provoking. Her lonely little figures engage with their surroundings in unexpected ways exhibiting an endearing stubbornness in the face of tremendous odds. I especially like the little painter above. To see more of her beautiful work go here. As you can see, scaling things down in size can sometimes be just as powerful a design tool as going big. Are you drawn to miniatures? I’d also love to hear if any of the dollhouses in the “I’m a Giant” challenge caught your eye. There were a few I would happily move into any day. Happy Friday Everyone!

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Divine Dollhouses

This Brinca Dada sleek and minimalist Bennett dollhouse combines element's of modern architecture's most celebrated elements. A fancy home, with windows extended across floors, it also boasts a rooftop pool

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…

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