Small Stories: how architects dream their dollhouses


by Domus

Small Stories: how architects dream their dollhouse
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Hopkinson House (set in 1940s), England, 1980s-1990s. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Small stories, big dreams. Careless of the age or gender, a dollhouse is a real temptation for creative fellows. Next to a stunning selection of 12 historical dollhouses from the V&A collection, the National Building Museum in Washington DC makes a contemporary update showcasing the interpretations done by a group of 24 diverse American architects, designers, and artists. This “Dream House” installation of miniature interiors will bring the long history of the dollhouse full circle to the present day.

Historical examples spanning the past 300 years from the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London explore the history of British domestic life and provides a miniature-sized, up-close view of developments in architecture and design, from a Georgian town house and suburban mansion, to a 1960s high- rise and a Le Corbusier-style white villa. Displayed chronologically, most of the houses come complete with period furniture and interior fittings.

until 22 January 2016
Small Stories: At home in a dollhouse
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington DC
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