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Dolls' House Furniture Set  - Qubis Haus Bedroom Set

Qubis Haus Bedroom Set

  • Object:

    Dolls' House Furniture Set

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whitworth, Amy (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, textiles and metal

  • Museum number:

    B.97:1 to 27-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Homes Gallery, case 3 []

This dolls’ house is designed to work as a coffee table and children’s plaything. Designed and manufactured by Amy Whitworth of Qubis Design, the house was developed with funding from the Boost product design competition, and launched at the Southbank Centre in 2012.
Based on her own experiences of supervising her daughter at play in a contemporary living room, Amy Whitworth developed a multi-functional piece of furniture which appealed to adults and children. In fact, it was more popular as a toy because “the fact it is always out and in the centre of the room means that it is always played with”.
The demand for this type of object reflects the changing distribution of domestic space in present day Britain. The last quarter of the twentieth century saw children increasingly sharing adult space, and making claims on living rooms with toys and games. In twenty-first century Britain, middle class homes are smaller and increasingly open-plan, with fewer separated play rooms or nurseries.

Physical description

Bedroom set, comprising wooden blocks which can be joined together to make different pieces of furniture. There are 2 large panels, 2 medium panels, 4 cubes, 2 small panels, 4 large cuboids, 3 small cuboids, 1 cube with hole, 2 long strings, 1 pole, 1 disc, 1 duvet set, 1 pouf, 1 rug, and 1 handmade bag. Each piece is handmade from oak, apart from the textiles and magnets. The magnets are located on the wooden pieces and allow each object to attach to one another in order to make furniture.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

2014 (made)

Artist/maker

Whitworth, Amy (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Oak, textiles and metal

Descriptive line

Qubis bedroom furniture, by Amy Whitworth Design Ltd, made in Britain 2014

Materials

Oak; Cotton; Wool

Techniques

Toy making

Subjects depicted

Bedroom

Categories

Children & Childhood; Toys & Games; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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