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 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.
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”.
Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has created Offline Hideaway the ultimate precipitous get away complete with a candelabra and a jug of juice.
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.
A Night in the Studio by Jewellery designer Ina Shin features multicoloured leather to create a surreal scene in a sewing room.
Furniture designer Bethan Wood has created an exquisite lounge with scaled down versions of her own furniture designs and a miniature television.
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.
Illustrator Katy Christianson has created the ultimate childhood bathroom full of fish and coral called I Always Dreamed of an Underwater Aquarium Bathroom.
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.
Photos: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.