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Dolls' House Furniture Set  - Qubis Haus Dining Room Set

Qubis Haus Dining Room Set

  • Object:

    Dolls' House Furniture Set

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2012 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whitworth, Amy (designer)

  • Museum number:

    B.99:1 to 22-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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

Dining Room set with 21 parts of a 32 part set. There are 2 large panels, 2 medium panels, 4 cubes, 2 small panels, 4 large cuboids, 1 pole, 1 disc, 1 rectangle, 1 tablecloth , 1 pouf, 1 rug, and 1 handmade bag. Each piece is handmade from oak, apart from the textiles and magnets. The magnets are attached to each wooden object in order to make furniture. Additionally there is a figure with orange hair and a striped top made from four subparts.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

2012 (made)

Artist/maker

Whitworth, Amy (designer)

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Oak; Cotton; Fur; Canvas

Subjects depicted

Dining room

Categories

Children & Childhood; Toys & Games; Dolls & Toys

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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