Once upon a time I did some work experience at AHMM, and I was thrilled to see they are a part of the fantastic ‘A Dolls House‘. As a child, my father built me my own dolls house, with real carpet on the floors and wallpaper on the walls, and trips to the doll’s furniture store was always a treasure. Now, Cathedral Group have gathered 20 fine UK architects and designers, given them a 750x750mm square, and asked them to design a doll’s house with a feature that will help a disabled child, and I look forward to reading about these. The brief is said to have cited Queen Mary’s 1922 Dolls House by English architect Edwin Lutyen which is an unbelievable work of precision, detail and beauty in itself. The pieces in this collection are generally very different, however, subtle similarities can be seen in the content and details, but each one is unique. Now they’re available for bidding, and will be auctioned at Bonhams on 11th November in an attempt to raise £100,000 for MIND. I attended an event to raise money for the same cause last week, they’re doing some great work supporting those with mental illness and their families in Cambridgeshire and beyond; its a family favorite. As I write this, Zaha Hadid’s piece has already attracted a £9000 big, so their target looks well within reach. I really like how each doll’s house reflects their designer’s style and character. Below are some of my favourites, but you can see the rest (and bid) here, and make sure you watch the video at the end: Guy Halloway and Hemingway Design have really (excuse the pun) thought outside of the box.
Images from A Dolls House & Guy Hollaway