This is cool! Ikea is about to launch part of their collection in miniature dollhouse size! The Swedish retail giant decided on this after a poll showed kids wanted a more modern interior for their dolls too. Since forever, I have been pondering on an idea to start a modern and exclusive line of dollhouse furniture. But if Ikea is already zoning in on this with their cheap and mass-produced collection, I might have missed the boat?
Ikea dollhouse collection
The dollhouse furniture set is called Huset. It features the Klippan sofa, Lack table, Expedit shelving unit, Stockholm rug, Famnig Hjärta pillow and Vago chair.
It will be available from early August, when Ikea launches its 2014 catalogue, and will be priced at around $19,- / €9,99
Barbie, yes, that Barbie, has switched careers. Mattel’s latest addition to their Barbie I Can Be line of dolls is Barbie Architect, complete with a blueprint holder (in pink, obviously), builder hat, and black smart-looking glasses. Mattel partnered with members of the American Institute of Architects to make sure her outfit reflects that of what a real architect would wear. (erhm… OK….)
Architect Barbie and a model of one of her designs
That same partnership resulted in a competition for Barbie’s new dream home.
The design brief was written in “Barbie’s voice.” It includes phrases like “I love to entertain,” and “as the original fashionista, you can imagine how large my closet needs to be!”
Barbie's new home designed by Ting Li and Maja Paklar
The lucky winners are Ting Li and Maja Paklar who hope to “encourage more young female architects to flex their design muscles.” I must say, playing with Barbie as a kid myself sparked my interest in interior design too! I never actually played with the dolls but by god, her home was always perfect!