Are you interested in miniature furnishings, but isn’t the Victorian era for you? Try to create a mid-century miniature world. Modern but vintage at the same time, dollhouses with modern era furniture offer a break from the traditional Victorian dollhouse. Their bright and primary colors offer a visual ‘pop’, while the elegant and clean lines are distinctly modern, making them a great choice for those who are not attracted to the cold details of the Victorian era. If you love Eames furnishings or Ikea aesthetics, you will love Scandinavian miniature designs.
Scandinavian-style miniatures have been around since the mid-20th century, when Swedish toy manufacturers Brio and Lundby built two-story electrified houses with elegant plastic furniture. Inspired by trends in the world of interior design, these doll houses with furniture have been designed to imitate popular fashion and interior design styles of the time. The modernist designs created between 1950 and 2000 reflect the spirit of Nordic life and have an innocent and childlike appearance that many dollhouse fans find attractive. A new book, “Scandinavian Dollhouse Design” by Yvette Wadsted and Ulf Beckman, examines the popularity of Scandinavian miniature furnishings.
How can you start building modern and Scandinavian dollhouses? To create the perfect environment for your modern miniatures, start with a contemporary ranch kit. Brookwood is a great option for those looking to recreate mid-century modern aesthetics. Look for dollhouse design with many angular lines, instead of the intricate lining of Victorian dollhouse kits.
For the perfect modernist home, paint the exterior and rooms in bright, contemporary colors rather than the soft tones of a Victorian-era home. You may also want to paint the upholstery or accent on the silver walls to simulate a metallic finish. Then, add elegant plastic and metal furniture, along with modern devices. Furnishes the house with furniture that suggests the modern era, such as molded plastic chairs, simple tables with straight legs and streamlined sofas without the rigors of previous furniture design periods. Be inspired by your home, the one you grew up in or classic TV sitcom sets. Or take a look at Mini Modern (http://minimodern.blogspot.com/), a blog dedicated to mid-century dollhouse modern furnishings for ideas.
If you are more used to decorating your dollhouses with furniture with ornate details from the Victorian period, try your hand in a modern style home. The clean lines and elegant interiors will offer a design challenge even for the most experienced miniature hobbyist.
by Julia Morrison