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Architects’ Dollshouses

17 July 2018

This week on the blog, we bring you something a little bit different. We wrote briefly about the ‘Dolls’ house for KIDS’ project on our Facebook page back in May but wanted to share with you a few more of the dollhouses’ created and a little bit more about the project and individual designs.

As part of an initiative organised by UK property developers Cathedral Group, 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) were asked to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. Each design also had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities.

Each dolls’ house fitted on a 750mm x 750mm plinth and they were all shown at Bonham’s auction house in Central London in November 2013. They were then auctioned off, raising an amazing £90,000, with all proceeds going to the disability charity KIDS, who are a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

We think this was a brilliant idea and here are some of our favourites from the project.




MAE's Mae-mak house
Mae-mak house is a house that can grow and change. It engages the senses and allows kids to stick and stack walls, floors and rooves to form a simple house, a complex house, many houses or a very big house. Brightly coloured and textured panels are made to stimulate the senses and inspire customisation.




Glenn Howells's Extra-ordinary House
The Extra-Ordinary House has been generated by 2 ideas. Firstly, the terraced house, the most ordinary, but important house type in the UK. This simple idea has produced some of the best and most durable accommodation we have. Secondly, a robust timber construction. This house works through touch and feel, so enabling a child with impaired sight to understand how its volumes relate to living.




Duggan Morris Architects' Multi-story
Multi-story has been designed to aid early intervention strategies for children with developmental disability Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In consultation with Christina, mother of high functioning autistic Louis (5), the house swaps the visually noisy cross section of the typical dolls house with a set of rooms arranged in either a stack or plan form. Each room can be used in isolation or as part of a sequence to provide a focused platform for learning and role play.




Coffey Architects' Inside Out
Inside Out is an inclusive dolls' house for all children whatever their needs and abilities. One element is a concrete house with a bonsai tree and herb garden which sits outside. The second, a series of elements that are individual oak rooms, hollowed out in bright colours that can be inserted into the house. It is fun for children and encourages outdoor play.




AHMM's Compass House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.




MAKE Architects' Jigsaw House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Sources: interactivefundraising.co.uk and e-architect.co.uk

Summer Instagram Round-Up

3 July 2018

Back in February we did a round up of some of our favourite miniature images from the world of Instagram. Now that summer is here and the sun is shining (a little bit more, at least), we thought we would do a new summery round up to help get you inspired!

So here’s our round-up of some our favourite miniature images from Instagram. Enjoy!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)

1. tomoko_misumi_tchaiko, 2. lilacdreams_miniature, 3. mkupica.art, 4. h0life, 5. celeste.c_design, 6. smiraphotos, 7. dailymini, 8. se_2211, 9. meguroyoko, 10. june06hiro, 11. a.dollhouse.designs, 12. nicecrumbs, 13. petiteproperties, 14. ramalamacreatures, 15. lavenderbelle_miniatures, 16. coffee.seed.miniatures, 17. ibuildsmallthings, 18. slinkachu_official, 19. reddragonpottery, 20. tinymusthaves, 21. fourlittlewalls, 22. dekoubou, 23. meineschoenensachen, 24. igmaguildschool, 25. adore_mini, 26. hbsminiatures, 27. hbsminiatures, 28. dailymini, 29. littlestsweetshop, 30. Igmaguildschool

All images © their respective owners 2018

The Miniatures of Julieta La Valle

20 March 2018

We recently discovered the work of Julieta La Valle, a talented sculptor, director, miniaturist and art director from Argentina. She builds models, miniatures, characters and other objects for animations, cinema, advertising, fashion and artistic projects.

We love her miniature creations so much that we thought we’d share some of our favourite images here on the blog.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!




















See more of Julieta’s wonderful work here https://www.julietalavalle.com

All images © Julieta La Valle 2018

Instagram Round-Up

21 February 2018

We love Instagram!. We think it’s a great place to find some really interesting and unique miniatures. Here’s a round-up of some our favourite miniatures that we’ve found on Instagram recently. Enjoy!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)
1. a.dollhouse.designs 2. a.dollhouse.designs 3. nicecrumbs 4. nicecrumbs 5. meineschoenensachen 6. meineschoenensachen 7. minafam1989 8. minafam1989 9. rem_brant 10. rem_brant 11. hannah.edmisten 12. hannah.edmisten 13. orit_haddad 14. orit_haddad 15. white_onrice 16. white_onrice 17. dekoubou 18. dekoubou 19. fourlittlewalls 20. fourlittlewalls 21. mytinyobjects 22. mytinyobjects 23. reddragonpottery 24. reddragonpottery 25. mowokayardman 26. mowokayardman 27. carlemilknox 28. slinkachu_official 29. slinkachu_official 30. slinkachu_official 31. ibuildsmallthings 32. ibuildsmallthings 33. mini.enthusiast 34. mini.enthusiast 35. royal.redover 36. royal.redover 37. cosydollhouse 38. coffee.seed.miniatures 39. lavenderbelle_miniatures 40. lavenderbelle_miniatures 41. ramalamacreatures 42. Petiteproperties

All images © their respective owners 2018

Incredible Miniature 1900’s Photography Studio

1 October 2017

It took miniature maker Ali Alamedy 9 months to create this stunning 1900’s miniature photography studio.

Ali spent many long hours researching so that the details would be as accurate as possible. He went on to make over 100 era-accurate items from scratch, using hundreds of metres of wood as well as other materials like plastic, copper and paper.
“The hardest part”, Ali writes, “was how to recall the spirit of such place in a small scale.” We think he’s done an amazing job!

See more of Ali’s work here and read the original article here.

Photo credit: Ali Alamedy

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