Dollhouses Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore

20 Jan

Ever wish you could own a modern luxurious house furnished with pieces you’d rather gaze at than sit in?  brinca dada, a New York based toy company, has made it possible with their minimalist doll houses with matching contemporary furniture.  Here are a few of my favorites!  (Now, if only I could get a hold of the “Honey I BLEW up the Kid” machine…)

Bennet House

Bennett House by brinca dada is an oasis in the sea of glitzy toy houses. Heavily influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, it emphasizes lines, squares and rectangles in asymmetrical patterns while minimizing color. Fans of Rietveld’s Schröder House will recognize another influence. Architect Tim Boyle explains how Bennett House breaks out of the townhouse genre: “Townhouses are typically a stack of floors with a few windows on each floor, and no inside/outside relationship. I prefer architecture that reveals structure and engineering, hence windows extend past floors to show the weight and thickness of the structure.”

Bennett House is more than just a pretty façade–its clever design and use of space invites play whether open or closed. The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom.  And Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains, so it is easy on the environment.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 36” x 21” x 21”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of bamboo and other eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $599 (Purchase Here)

Edward House

Inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Gary Cooper’s home designed by A. Quincy Jones, brinca dada’s Edward House features many distinguishing architectural features like glass corners, minimalist cut stone and hardwood floors.  The Edward House has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Edward House enjoys year-round sunlight. Finally, the dollhouse is easy on the environment with only  eco-friendly woods and non-toxic and lead-free paints. Assembly required.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 17” x 17” x 26”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $349 (Purchase Here)

Dylan House

Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, Dylan House features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. The Dylan House has five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. Furniture is sold separately.

Details
  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 23” x 15” x 16”
  • Eco-friendly MDF
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail Price: $149.99 (Purchase Here)

Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set

The Maison Furniture Collection from brinca dada is the perfect complement to both Edward House and Bennett House. The line’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic mixes classic modern design with contemporary “in fashion” highlights. In the words of designer Cecilia Reboursin, “The key was to work on every detail to add an extra dimension of authenticity to the line.  We used American black walnut as a common thread, giving a contemporary feel to each room. We then added color as accents, but also as an attraction to children’s sensibilities.”
The Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set is comprised of 40 different pieces and offers furnishings for seven rooms, plus two sets of accessories.  All furniture elements are made from high-quality woods and fabrics and are fashioned with non-toxic, lead-free stains and paints.
Details
  • Designed by: Cecilia Reboursin
  • Scale: 3/4″
  • 7 rooms,plus 2 sets of accessories, 40 pieces
  • Materials: Wood, fabric
  • Retail Price: $399 (Purchase Here)


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One Response to “Dollhouses Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore”

  1. aliciaalicia January 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Fascinating stuff!

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