Last week marked the end of Maison & Objet, the five-day international trade fair in Paris, France. The hottest designers from around the world gathered to see, be seen and sell. With designers vying for attention and sales across the fair’s seven stages, those that managed to stand out will certainly see their notoriety translate into increased fall sales. As is often the case in the design world, the new has become old and the old has become new again. While some designers aimed for invention and innovations, others remained true to the classics.
Of the hundreds of designers present, The Wall Street Journal highlighted the work of New York-based company brinca dada. What surrealist spectacular might brinca dada be up to, you ask? Dollhouses. That’s right. The standout company at Paris’ hottest design event makes contemporary dollhouses. But trust us, Barbie’s Dream House has nothing on brinca’s. One of their best-sellers, The Bennett House, boasts cantilevered stairs. According to the Journal, several buyers ordered multiple houses for retail sale, plus an extra one for their personal collections.
Naturally, once you’ve selected the perfected doll house, you will need to fill it with dolls, dolls, and more dolls. Like dollhouses, the dolls themselves have captured the hearts of adults as well as children. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, a doll collector from Russia, started collecting as hobby, but her love of dolls evolved into an adult appreciation of all that dolls represent. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova’s collection includes dolls from artists including Anna Anadan and Natalia Nikulnina. Like bianca dada’s dollhouses, Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova are exceptional and unique. The sincerity of Alexandra Khudyakova’s Ophelia doll is contrasted by Natasha Korolyova’s butterfly, in love with itself. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova’s doll collection reflects the world of human experience and emotion.
So why is it that dolls and dollhouses maintain a magical hold on us into adulthood? It seems that the perfectly coiffed hair and mini-mansions are the key to a simpler time, when all one had to do was imagine it and it was so. In real life, the dream home comes with a multi-million dollar price tag and a host of responsibility. But for international collectors like Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova the miniature realm of the doll is rife with limitless possibilities.