Top 20 Modern Miniature Design Classics for the Modern Dolls House Part 1

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imports_HAC_tt-eames_84201.jpg Top 20 Modern Miniature Design Classics for the Modern Dolls House Part 1
In the first of two features on must-have miniatures for the modern dolls house, we reveal 10 iconic items for your wish list. ...
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Despite being designed more than 50 years ago by Charles and Ray Eames, this design icon has been in constant production. Known as the Eames 670, this is a modern interpretation of the standard club chair, and just like the full sized chairs, these items can be purchased separately. Made in 1/12th scale by Kim Selwood. Website:


Seen by millions gracing the set of The Apprentice every week, this classic was devised by Japanesse American designer Isamu Noguchi. A firm favourite in modernist homes since 1947, this 1/12th scale version is also made by Kim Selwood.



This colourful modern and affordable range of dinnerware was originally released in the 1930's, being revamped in the 1980's. It was open-stock ware, which meant that items could be purchased separately as required, so that modern homemakers could make up their own dinner sets to suit their bright modern decor. These 1/12th scale dolls house versions are available from My Tiny World. Website:


Also known as the Globe Chair, this futuristic take on seating is from the Finnish designer Eero Aarnio who revolutionised the furnishing marketplace in the 1960's. This miniature is made in Japan and available with a red or black interior from ELF Miniatures. Website:



These leather cloth clad box shaped radios would be at home in any house of the mid 20th century. This 1/12th scale version is available from Minimum World. Website:


Many 20th century designers including Ciulio Polvara for Kartell have come up with the storage cube as a replacement for old-fashioned bookcases and shelves. This miniature version is available from The Dolls House Emporium. Website:


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This instantly recognizable table by architect Eero Saarinen with it's matching tulip chairs, complete with red or orange seat pads, was famously used in the original Star Trek series. Made in 1/12th scale by Kim Selwood, who offers Saarinen tables and stools in different heights.


Bauhaus student Anni Albers saw weaving as an art form and became the best known textile artist of the 20th Century. This 1/12th scale version comes in two sizes and two different colourways from the Miniature Textiles Company either in kit form, hand finished or machine finished versions. Website:


These bakelite telephones, now long replaced by modern cordless varieties, are a style icon of the 20th Century. This miniature version is made from cast metal and available in black, red or white from Matlock Miniatures. Website:



From the family team of the Castiglioni Brothers comes the sleek minimalist designed floor lamp. This 1/12th scale version is 120 cms high with a polished metal stem and shade and a directional head and is available from The Dolls House Emporium.

This article was published in full in issue 200 of Dolls House & Miniature Scene. If you've enjoyed looking at these style icons of the 20th Century in miniature, why not order yourself a copy of the magazine, or better still why not take out a subscription so you never miss another issue. If you are a fan of Facebook or Twitter, you can now share this feature with your friends by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

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