October 25, 2013
One of the most striking projects from this year's London Design Festival, held in September, was a collection of twenty dollhouses made by the UK's top architects. "A Dolls' House" was inspired by the 1922 British Empire Exhibition and iconic architect Edwin Lutyens' decision to use dollhouses as showpieces for his unique combination of traditional and modern design. These twenty-first century interpretations of the traditional toy range from simple and sleek to wild and whimsical, but they all feature at least one design element that would help a disabled child navigate daily life.
Although it was hard to chose, some of our favorites include Zaha Hadid Architects' minimalist, organic structure; AMODEL's take on transportation and the treehouse; Mae's cozy geometric design; and Guy Holloway Architect's playful, imagination-igniting box.
All the dollhouses will be auctioned during a gala event at Bonhams on November 11, 2013. Bids may also be placed online. All proceeds benefit KIDS, which provides vital services to disabled children and their families in the UK.