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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 03 November, 2015


“Offline Hideaway” by Dominic Wilcox, one of nineteen fantasy room boxes by London designers.

Tiny Fantasy Room Boxes are featured at The Victoria &Albert Museum of Childhood in east London. Twenty designers were commissioned to create their “dream room” inside a 30-centimetre (11-13/16 inches) wooden box.

Combined in one installation, the room boxes is form the finale for the exhibition “Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House,” which showcases dolls’ houses dating from 1712 to 2001.

“It could be fantastical, whimsical, aspirational or technological, it just had to be small,” curator Alice Sage told Dezeen Magazine.


Several hundred designers answered the call. Nineteen were chosen.

Sage said the designers were selected because “they all have really different points of view, are based in London, and do interesting innovative work. They created fantasy rooms that I would be fun to see in miniature.”


Nuremberg House at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Small Stories exhibit is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London. It will travel to the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Where the exhibit will remain from May 21, 2016 – January 16, 2017.

The Small Stories exhibit also includes such famous dollhouses as the The Killer Cabinet, made in the 1830s. A very early dollhouses will travel to Washington – the Nuremberg House, made in 1673.

Thanks to Dezeen Magazine for part of this post.



Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: room boxes

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