Are you interested in miniature furniture, but the Victorian era is not your thing? Try to create a miniature mid-century world. Modern yet ancient at the same time, modern-era furniture dollhouses offer a break from the traditional Victorian dollhouse. Their bright primary colors provide visual ‘pop’, while the sleek, clean lines are distinctively modern, making them a great choice for those not drawn to the ruffled details of the Victorian era. If you love Eames furniture or Ikea aesthetics, you will love Scandinavian miniature designs.
Scandinavian-style miniatures have been around since the mid-20th century, when Swedish toy makers Brio and Lundby built electrified two-story houses with stylish plastic furniture. Inspired by trends in the interior design world, these furniture dollhouses were designed to mimic popular fashions and interior design styles of the time. Modernist designs created between 1950 and 2000 reflect the spirit of Nordic life and have an innocent, childlike appearance that many dollhouse enthusiasts find appealing. A new book, “Scandinavian Design in the Dollhouse” by Yvette Wadsted and Ulf Beckman, examines the popularity of Scandinavian miniature furniture.
How can you start building modern Scandinavian dollhouses? To create the perfect setting for your modern miniatures, start with a contemporary ranch kit. The “Brookwood” is a great option for those trying to recreate that modern mid-century aesthetic. Look for a dollhouse design with lots of angular lines, rather than the intricate embellishments of Victorian dollhouse kits.
For the perfect modernist abode, paint the exterior and rooms in bright, contemporary colors, rather than the muted hues of a Victorian-era home. You may even want to paint trim or accent walls silver to simulate a metallic finish. Then add stylish plastic and metal furniture, along with modern accessories. Furnish your home with furniture reminiscent of the modern era, such as molded plastic chairs, simple tables with straight legs, and sleek sofas without the frills of earlier furniture design periods. Get inspired by your own home, the one you grew up in, or classic television sitcom sets. Or take a look at Mini Modern (http://minimodern.blogspot.com/), a blog on modern mid-century dollhouse furniture, for ideas.
If you are more used to decorating your dollhouses with furniture in Victorian-era ornamental details, try a modern-style home. Clean lines and elegant interiors will offer a design challenge for even the most seasoned miniature hobbyist.