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Kaleidoscope Kids and India the Cat

Set of Dolls
2001 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

The Kaleidoscope House (B.1-2002) is a Modernist-inspired house of coloured plastic planes, with furniture, accessories, and figures taken from the designers' own lives.

This set of dolls was produced in 2001 by Bozart Toys to accompany the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, designed by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright. The dolls are based on the designers' respective children and friends, including actress and director Lena Dunham (daughter of Laurie Simmons). The designers' children had considerable input into the design of the dolls' house, and are now immortalised in miniature.



Object details
Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 9 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Kaleidoscope Kids
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Kaleidoscope Kids
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Kaleidoscope Kids
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Kaleidoscope Kids
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Booklet
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Packaging
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Packaging
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Packaging
  • Dolls' House Accessories
  • Packaging
  • Dolls' House Accessories
Materials and techniques
Injection-moulded plastic; printed paper
Brief description
Set of dolls for the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, with box, designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright, made by Bozart Toys, China, 2001
Physical description
Set of posable plastic dolls for the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, with packaging.



Armani is a black boy wearing a two-tone grey t-shirt with a white stripe across the chest. He wears beige cargo-style trousers and blue and black trainers. He is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.



Lena is a white girl with light brown, shoulder length hair. She is wearing a white t-shirt, pink trousers with green spots, and yellow clog-like shoes. The doll is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.



Lily is a girl with brown hair styled in two bunches, one tied with a pink hairband, and one with a blue hairband. She is wearing a black and white spotty long-sleeved top with exposed shoulders. She is also wearing a red wraparound skirt, and red and white shoes. She is joineted at the shoulders, elbows, and knees.



India the cat is hairless Siamese breed. It is grey and wrinkly, although it has a cream-coloured tummy. It is posed in a sitting position.



The Bozart booklet is a white square booklet with a blue and orange logo of a toy jack above the name 'bozart'. The booklet contains information about the various products sold by the company including the Kaleidoscope House and its numerous accessory sets.



The packaging consists of two clear plastic sections which hold the dolls, and sandwich them together to secure them. There is also a cardboard box with an inner cardboard section that slots inside to create a background. The box has a multicoloured, geometric design, with a cut-away revealing the dolls underneath their clear plastic container.
Dimensions
  • Armani doll height: 125mm
  • Lena doll height: 135mm
  • Lily doll height: 130mm
  • India the cat height: 28mm
  • Booklet width: 101mm
  • Box height: 178mm
  • Box width: 267mm
  • Box depth: 90mm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
  • '© Bozart Toys 2001 / Made in China' (Located on the backs of all three dolls, and on the bottom of the cat.)
  • 'Give a child the power of imagination...' (Printed on booklet)
  • 'The Kaleidoscope House / Kaleidoscope Kids and India the Cat' (Printed on the box)
  • 'Bozart / Toys by artists / 30049' (Printed on the box)
  • '4 actions figures to complement the family; Lily, Lena, Armani, and India the Cat are ready to join the fun!' (Printed on the box)
Credit line
Purchased from eBay
Object history
The dolls in the Kaleidoscope Kids set are based on designers Peter Wheelwright and Laurie Simmons' respective children and friends. The dolls were purchased from eBay for use in the 2014 Small Stories exhibition at MoC.
Subjects depicted
Association
Summary
The Kaleidoscope House (B.1-2002) is a Modernist-inspired house of coloured plastic planes, with furniture, accessories, and figures taken from the designers' own lives.



This set of dolls was produced in 2001 by Bozart Toys to accompany the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, designed by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright. The dolls are based on the designers' respective children and friends, including actress and director Lena Dunham (daughter of Laurie Simmons). The designers' children had considerable input into the design of the dolls' house, and are now immortalised in miniature.



Associated objects
Other number
30049 - product number
Collection
Accession number
B.163:1 to 7-2013

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Record createdApril 28, 2014
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