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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:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bozart Toys Inc

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This house has many unusual features. It is the museum's only example of an American house; it was designed by celebrated artists; it is made entirely from plastic and is commercially available.
The Kaleidoscope House was designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright. Peter Wheelwright is a practising New York architect who has designed a number of homes for New York 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. One of her best known images is of a house on a pair of women's legs.
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 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)


2001 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



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.




Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Architecture

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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