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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

Dolls' House Inspiration - Scandinavian Style

22 May 2018

The last time that we gave you some inspiration for your dolls’ house we looked to the past, so we thought for this one we would look to the present!

We have brought together a selection of Scandinavian style interiors, characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

We hope you enjoy our beautiful and Hygge (a Norwegian and Danish word for a mood of cosiness and togetherness) line up and we hope they inspire you to add a touch of Scandinavian cosiness to your dolls’ house.

Image from: http://stylecaster.com/scandinavian-decor

Image from: http://stylecaster.com/scandinavian-decor

Image from: http://stylecaster.com/scandinavian-decor

Image from: http://jamiltmcginnis.co/scandinavian-inspired-living-room

Image from: http://jamiltmcginnis.co/scandinavian-inspired-living-room

Image from: https://www.vix.com/en/diy/526220/everything-you-need-to-know-about-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: https://www.hallofhomes.com/perfect-scandinavian-interior-design

Image from: http://bestdesignideas.com/the-scandinavian-style

Image from: http://bestdesignideas.com/the-scandinavian-style

Image from: http://bestdesignideas.com/the-scandinavian-style

Image from: http://luxurybathrooms.eu/mesmerizing-scandinavian-bathroom-design-ideas

Image from: http://luxurybathrooms.eu/mesmerizing-scandinavian-bathroom-design-ideas

All images © their respective owners 2018

The Pop-Out House – a different kind of dolls’ house

28 September 2011

We thought you might be interested to hear about a lifesize dolls’ house created for a children’s store in Paris.Read More
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