A doll house like no other, the child-size Dolls Villa has been designed by Dutch interior designer Liliane Limpens to give children a place to get completely lost in thought and play. More than just a striking play item for the home though, it’s proving invaluable in hotels, child care centres, child psychology clinics and even emergency shelters.
The Dolls Villa by Liliane has a stylish interior to rival any real designer home, exposed shelving for easy play and, believe it or not, a car ramp. It comes equipped with furniture to fit 30-centimetre-high dolls like Barbie and is available in two sizes – one for two and three-year-olds and one for ages four to six.
The house is made from birch plywood, solid beech wood, stainless steel and plexiglass. Liliane’s intention with the use of wood was to help children develop a connection with the earth, and an early understanding of sustainability as a concept. She used transparent varnish to ensure the house’s natural colouring is a calming addition to any room.
Other than for play, Liliane sees the Dolls Villa as a chance for parents to learn about their children’s development as they watch them move about and make up stories based around the dolls and the house.
Her desire was to give children their own dream haven but she had special intentions for public places too. Used in a hotel lobby, it allows children to play and communicate, regardless of what language they speak. In child care centres it encourages group play and in psychology clinics, it can be (and has been) used to facilitate contact with children, make diagnoses and even as a form of treatment.
Perhaps its most important use though, is in emergency shelters where it contributes to a warmer living atmosphere for disadvantaged children.
To purchase the remarkable Dolls Villa outside of Europe, you need to visit the Dolls Villa Webshop and email your request directly to the company. The large house costs €1614 (including furniture and linen) and the small one costs €898. Full house specifications are also available via the link.