Nancy Edwards - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nancy Edwards – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A Museum of Childhood presents Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house an exhibition that reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses. The finale of the exhibition is the Dream House, an especially commissioned dramatic installation featuring 20 miniature rooms designed by by contemporary London designers like Dominic Wilcox and Bethan Wood.

Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house": Laurie Simmons "Kaleidoscope House" - Artist:, Peter Wheelwright and Bozart (USA, 2001). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house”: Laurie Simmons “Kaleidoscope House” – Artist:, Peter Wheelwright and Bozart (USA, 2001). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house offers also an unexpected journey in British architecture and design encompassing country mansions, the Georgian town house, suburban villas, newly-built council estates and high-rise apartments. Displayed chronologically, the houses show also developments in architecture and design.

The Dream House section of the exhibitions features miniature rooms by some of London most prominent artists and designers.  All these tiny worlds are showcased in 30 cm wooden boxes and come together to create a dramatic installation that offer a magical and playful reinterpretation of contemporary interior design.

Pearson Lloyd - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pearson Lloyd – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibition curator, Alice Sage, said: “Dolls’ houses can be autobiographical or create fantastical worlds. The experience of peeking into the tiny rooms and seeing all the meticulous detail is fascinating for children and adults, and hopefully everyone will discover something new”.

Dominic Wilcox - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house"

Dominic Wilcox – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house”

Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has created Offline Hideaway the ultimate precipitous get away complete with a candelabra and a jug of juice.

Paul Priestman, PriestmanGoode - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Paul Priestman, PriestmanGoode – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

At the Dream House installation PriestmanGoode, who design aeroplane interiors and are the designers of the new tube train for London Underground, have created a never-ending party table.

Ina Hyun K Shin - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ina Hyun K Shin – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A Night in the Studio by Jewellery designer Ina Shin features multicoloured leather to create a surreal scene in a sewing room.

Bethan Woods - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house"

Bethan Woods – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house”

Furniture designer Bethan Wood has created an exquisite lounge with scaled down versions of her own furniture designs and a miniature television.

Mister Peebles - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mister Peebles – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Home is Bear the Heart is by Mister Peebles features a honey pot collection and a shelf of books including The Complete Works of Shakesbear. Helen McGinley (aka Mister Peebles) is an illustrator.

Katy Christianson - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Katy Christianson – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Illustrator Katy Christianson has created the ultimate childhood bathroom full of fish and coral called I Always Dreamed of an Underwater Aquarium Bathroom.

Dominic Wilson - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Donna Wilson – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Donna Wilson has designed a llama’s bedroom and Emma Mawston of Liberty has designed a picture perfect library with scaled down Liberty fabrics and hand woven textiles.

Emma Watson, Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Emma Watson, Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photos: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Peter Marigold - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Peter Marigold – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Arquer - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Roger Arquar – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Clara Designs - "Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' house" - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Clara Designs – “Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls’ house” – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London