Kaleidoscope Dollhouse

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A modern dollhouse furnished with Karim Rashid, Ron Arad and Robert Kitchen designs, and decorated with Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger art, Judy Ross rugs and Jonathan Adler pots sounds like the dream of some design fetishist parent, but this dollhouse actually exists and made it to production for a brief time.

In 2001, Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright collaborated with Bozart Toys on the Kaleidoscope Dollhouse. An interactive play environment for kids six and up, the modernist house had sliding transparent walls which could be interchanged and layered for play with color and light.

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The dollhouse was discontinued years ago but maintains cult status among design geeks and the dollhouse cognescenti. Several Kaleidoscope Dollhouse items found their way into the products of last year's I'm A Giant challenge. In 2007 Daddy Types blogged in shock as a Kaleidoscope Dollhouse sold on ebay for over $1500, and a quick online scan shows that the collector's market hasn't cooled much. Keep your eyes peeled at garage sales and thrift shops for the coveted dollhouse and accessories.

(Images: Laurie Simmons)

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