I suppose it’s the combination of being a female, a wannabe architect and having a predilection for modern design that makes me somewhat obsessed with modern dollhouses.
Arne Jacobsen Villa Dollhouse
UPDATE: I’m pleased to say that since this post, the dollhouse and a wall-mountable version are available for purchase! Link to buy is at the end of the post.
Whenever I come across a new one, which is rare and infrequent since the discontinuance of the Bozart Kaleidoscope Dollhouse, I get very excited.
So, when I saw that Inhabitots mentioned a new dollhouse by Minimii that is a small scale reproduction of the world famous architect Arne Jacobsens’ Villa in Charlottenlund, I simply had to investigate further.
Of course, I’m going to provide you with images of the dollhouse AND the original house that inspired it… because… well, that’s what I do.
While other blogs and magazines are excitedly reporting that the house can be purchased… truth is, production of the item has been delayed due to lack of investment capital. They continue to be optimistic about planning to offer the house prior to the summer of 2010 and are hoping for a retail price below 1200.00 USD. I certainly hope so because this is one cool dollhouse.
The dollhouse exterior:
Exterior photos of the original Arne Jacobsen house:
Comparing the details of the original house to that of the dollhouse:
As Inhabitots reported, “the house was designed by Linda Stenberg and Claus Hojer Hansen, the Danish creative directors of Minimii and features a roof and four walls that may be mounted and dismounted, allowing more children to play at once. A small collection of designer furniture (Egg and Swan chairs courtesy of Fritz Hansen) as well as tiny commissioned modern art pieces, and many more chic amenities which stay in place via magnets.
Stenberg and Hojer Hansen will furnish the dollhouse with the aforementioned furniture, as well as Vipp trash cans, an exclusive miniature art piece by artist Poul Pava, kids play furniture from Bobles, kitchens and bathrooms from Design by Us, and lighting from Normann Copenhagen! They are also collaborating with the famous doll maker, Maileg, to create the very fortunate, design savvy family who will live in the miniature Jacobsen home.
In addition to providing kids with an amazing dollhouse and all the furnishings, the Minimii team offers, “We want to talk to adults who have an interest in design and who see the dollhouse as a design object in itself.”
above: Minimii creative directors Linda Stenberg and Claus Hojer Hansen
Architectural plans of the original Arne Jacobsen Villa located at Gotfred Rodes Vej 2, in Charlottenlund:
I really hope they meet their goals because I’m dying for one of these as well as the miniature versions of the Arne Jacobsen Ant, Egg and Swan chairs that fit within it, also produced by Minimii:
Buy the Dollhouse and/or the miniature Arne Jacobsen chairs here