Kaleidoscope House – a rare beauty

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The
Kaleidoscope House
is a modernist, fantasy-fuelling cacophony of perfect colour – a doll
house afficionado’s dream. It was initially commissioned in 2001 by the now defunct Bozart Toys, whose benefactor Larry Mangel would give grants to top-end designers to create toys of immense quality and educational value.

The house’s furniture is 1:12 scale, which is smaller than Barbie and larger than Lundby, and is referred to as ‘playscale’. The coloured perspex panels are moveable and interchangeable and can be
shifted to make new colours, allowing the house to take on different
atmospheres.

Designed by renowned New York architect Peter Wheelwright and artist Laurie Simmons, the ‘people’ that came with the house were modelled on the designers themselves and their children! A pool pavillion was also released, along with commissioned art and furniture sets from notable artists and designers such as Cindy Sherman, Karim Rashid and Jasper Morrison.

It would surely be a steely heart that isn’t moved by the monumental beauty of the
Kaleidoscope House.
We wish we could tell you where to buy one, but our only information is that they pop up on auction sites from time to time. If you find one though, be prepared to part with large wads of cash.

The Kaleidoscope House is currently on show in London, in Victoria and Albert’s
Museum of Childhood.
If modernist doll houses light your fire, you can get a visual feast of them at
Mini Modern and the German-language only
Puppenhaus Museum.

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