Picture a doll house. You can see it in your mind’s eye. The two-storey Victorian house with pink weatherboards, bay windows and tiled roof. Yes, that’s the one. Now think again. The 21st century doll house is here and it’s more architectural-designed home than pretend-play.
The two-man team of New York-based Brinca Dada (BREEN-Kuh Dey-duh) represent all that is new in toy design, believing that dollhouses should be aesthetically beautiful and fun at the same time. These are toys to share, that “parents love to look at and children love to play with”, says Douglas Rollins and Tim Boyle.
Designed for the modern family, the Emerson dollhouse has a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and study. Ideally suited for the Australian landscape, you’ll find an open floor plan (perfect for play) with floor-to-ceiling windows and features including two fireplaces, recessed LED lights, sliding glass doors and an incredible attention to detail with mitred-glass corners. It even has a green philosophy, being made with non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints and featuring solar panels in the design.
It doesn’t stop there of course – what is a house without people to live in it and furniture for them to use? A beautiful house deserves beautiful furniture.
The eleven-piece living room furniture set includes an HD television, sofa, coffee table, side table and rug, all made from wood, fabric and leather. Ideal for a homely atmosphere where little ones can re-create entertaining guests or relaxing with the family.
And what does the modern family look like? Very stylish. Sculpted from wood, they move seamlessly with realistically flexing biceps and calves. Strikingly beautiful, these dolls combine exquisite design, expert craftsmanship and lots of fun.
The Emerson will be available for sale in the next few months with a surprisingly reasonable price tag of US$299. It measures 76cm wide x 53cm deep and 46cm high, and can be pre-ordered via the Brinca Dada website.
Hiding away the children’s toys to tidy up the house no longer applies. These doll houses need a permanent display in clear view.