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Doll's house - Kaleidoscope House

Kaleidoscope House

  • Object:

    Doll's house

  • Place of origin:

    Philadelphia (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simmons, Laurie, born 1949 (designer)
    Wheelwright, Peter (designer)
    Bozart (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection-moulded polystyrene

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bozart Toys Inc

  • Museum number:

    B.1-2002

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

The Kaleidoscope House was designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright. Peter Wheelwright, a New York architect, designed a number of homes for New York-based artists. Laurie Simmons is an internationally renowned artist and photographer who uses dolls' house imagery in her photographic work, addressing themes such as urban domesticity, entertainment and advertising.

The furniture for the house was also specially designed for the house. The dining room set was designed by furniture designer Dakota Jackson, the living room sofa was by Karim Rashid, the Big Heavy chair by Ron Arad. Peter Wheelwright and Laurie Simmons designed the Italian style bathroom set, and the bedroom was also designed by the latter. The family that comes with the house is based on the two designers and their children.

Larry Mangel, the founder of Bozart Toys, was a former private art dealer who decided to give good artists the chance to design better toys than those available on the market. Bozart Toys was established in 1996 to provide artists with an opportunity to design creative, educational, fun toys for children, but was taken over in about 2004 by another firm.

Physical description

Brightly coloured plastic house on three levels with sliding transparent doors designed for creative interactive play. The structure is basically white with blue, pink, green, yellow sliding panels. The chimney stack is red. Half of the roof is an attic with a blue concave roof looking out on a flat white roof top. A floor to ceiling room occupies half the interior and serves as a dining and sitting area.

Place of Origin

Philadelphia (made)

Date

2001 (made)

Artist/maker

Simmons, Laurie, born 1949 (designer)
Wheelwright, Peter (designer)
Bozart (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Injection-moulded polystyrene

Dimensions

Height: 61.5 cm, Width: 75.0 cm, Depth: 57.0 cm

Descriptive line

Dolls' house in brightly coloured plastic designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright for Bozart Toys of Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Materials

Polystyrene

Techniques

Injection moulding

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Architecture; Plastic; Dolls' houses

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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