Barbie’s Dreamhouse gets a lot of press. Because it belongs to Barbie, of course, and because it’s purportedly built to the specs of every little girl’s fantasy.
But not every little girl can appreciate what Barbie appreciates — physically and emotionally. Especially little girls (and boys) with special needs.
A UK-based charity called KIDS supports disabled children and their families by running home-learning programs, specialized nursery and daycare programs, and a series of inclusive adventure programs. It is in that spirit that some of the world’s most famous architects and designers have created a series of dollhouses (that we first saw on The Huffington Post) to be auctioned off in support of KIDS.
They’re not just any old houses for dolls, however. Each one is designed uniquely — and extraordinarily — with features “to make life easier for a child with a disability.” That doesn’t mean function wins over fashion, though, as all have been inspired by the dollhouses that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 “using a very traditional children’s toy to display the very best of modern architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design.”
Take a look at the fantastic, whimsical, gorgeous, exceptional, painstaking, playful and fun designs:
To bid on the dollhouses, please visit A Dolls’ House
Photo credits: Thomas Butler
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