Norman Bel Geddes
Doll House for Joan
In 1921, Bel Geddes designed a brownstone dollhouse as Christmas gift for his daughter Joan. The rectangular two-story dollhouse is made chiefly of painted wood. Throughout the home, rooms are accented with wood, metal, and enamel furnishings. Moving from front to back, the rooms are laid out as follows: The first floor has an entry room that connects to the second floor with a staircase, followed by a center room and a back room. The second floor has a front room with tall windows, a center room, and a bathroom in the back.
The completed dollhouse was in the possession of the Geddes family until it was donated to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. [source]
If you were curious whats the weirdest/greatest/worst thing you could buy at the dollhouse shop at FAO Schwarz, i found it:
I can only assume their being the only brick & mortar dollhouse shop left in all of Manhattan gives them the balls to price this unique piece of amazement at $21. Give me a pair of doll legs and I’ll make one of these for you free of charge.
With the whole internet all abuzz about Mad Men coming back this weekend, I thought it timely to highlight the work of one of my favorite dollhouse artisans, Maryann Roy.
Maryann handcrafts original sets/dioramas, furniture and accessories in 1/6 scale (aka “playscale” [which is the scale Barbie dolls glamorously live in]), but from looking at photos of her staged rooms (albeit without dolls posed in them), you’d never know her designs aren’t made for humans. Her Neo Retro miniature interiors look like they could be the actual Hollywood sets of Mad Men. She’s so good, in fact, that her miniature interpretation of Joan Holloway’s apartment, “Flowers for Joan,” won 1st prize in 2010 for Mattel’s Mad Men photo contest, in conjunction with the release of their line of limited edition Mad Men character dolls.
My Kaleidoscope dollhouse is in a box right now! Long story. Good thing the instruction manual is available online. I’ve really never had enough room to keep the gigantic thing out, so it has been in storage for what seems like forever, but we finally have space for it here. I cannot wait for this piece to be whole again.
Inside the 2nd floor landing of my dollhouse. The ceiling air ventilation cover was found in the bead section of Michael’s.