Did you ever hear about a Lundby Dollhouse? If not, then you should read all about it in my new article, because they really are super cute!
Admitted: they are not for crafting, neither are they some kind of miniatures kits, but I wanted to write about these. Because, this time, they are meant to play with bye kids ànd can at the same time be a nice, nostalgic and vintage collection for adults. Of course, you could also change the look of the furniture (upcycle them), so I guess you can still ‘craft’ them anyway 😉
( By the way: Lundby is a town in the Danish region of Zealand, municipality of Vordingborg. This little place has 987 inhabitants.)
What is a Lundby Dollhouse?
Lundby is one of the oldest and most successful dollhouse manufacturers in the world. The range consists of beautiful dollhouses with fun, contemporary, and detailed furniture and accessories.
The scale of a Lundby dollhouse or furniture is 1:16, aka Hanse Lisa and Barton Lundby.
They are nice little dollhouses with a typical Scandinavian look, with ‘hip’ furniture from the 70s and 80s. Most of the time, they have been going around from families to families: secondhanded, third, and fourth-handed for years.
And thus, a Lundby dollhouse for children often turned into a collector’s item for adults and it has become vintage.
For sure, there are more modern looking dollhouses and furniture in today’s market, but the interior of those dollhouses mostly look the same. What I like about vintage miniature furniture, is that they are not only different from mass-production but that you or someone specialized in this, can ‘pimp’ them up, with very good-looking results.
A little history and the first Lundby dollhouse ever build.
Lundby of Sweden was established after World War II by Axel and Grete Thomsen in the northern part of Gothenburg. Grete was very clever at designing dollhouse furniture for her niece, so her husband, Axel, decided to try and sell the furniture.
The department store, Ferdinand Lundquist (later NK), in Gothenburg, was the first to place an order of 350 SEK. The demand for Lundby dollhouse furniture increased, and in 1948 the Thomsens moved their fledgling company from their basement in the village of Lundby further north to Lerum for expansion.
The first Lundby dollhouse was made in 1950. It had a rectangular basic shape with a bright red pitched roof, a blue painted frame, and paper masonry on the outside. There were 5 rooms (3 on the first floor and 2 on the ground floor). It had a wooden spiral staircase leading from the main room to the central room on the first floor. They were the first to install electric lighting in the dolls’ rooms!
During the years the trends and fads in the field of style and design were closely monitored. This way, the Lundby dollhouses and -rooms reflect the times we live in, in the past and now.
The following series was ‘The ‘Göteborg’ house’, produced in 1959.
The Göteborg dollhouse had funky wallpaper, a white frame, a bright red pitched roof, 2 rooms on the first floor, and 3 rooms on the ground floor. It became Lundby’s most popular house and gradually their mainstay of dollhouse production.
Lundby’s success with the Göteborg model gave them the chance to experiment with new house designs. So they produced the ‘Flat Roof’ or ‘Terrace’ house between 1966-67. As its name suggests it had a flat roof, allowing kids to put garden furniture on it. Two different models were produced – one which was a solid two-story house and another which came flat packed and could be constructed up to three or even four stories high.
In 1967, they won the ‘Best Toy’ award, given by the Swedish Toy Merchants Association, and Lundby continued to improve the design of the Göteborg dollhouse. In the late 1960s, windows were fitted with frames molded in white plastic with Perspex imitation glass. To top it off, the houses had less flashy colors and became more neutral.
Later on, Lundby started to manufacture more ‘economic’ dollhouses, that weren’t electrified any longer and became wider available for the market.
Too bad (in my opinion), that the funky wallpaper disappeared and also the first floor got three rooms and the ground floor two (so the opposite from before).
Where to find Lundby dollhouses and furniture?
You could of course try Amazon/eBay etc, but as usual, I have found some pretty darn good stuff on Etsy (I will write a separate article on Lundby sellers on Etsy soon)!
But, I also discovered a cute little webshop from the UK, so ideal for people living in the Uk or the rest of Europe (after all, Lundby has European origin). Thus people living in Europe can save money on shipping costs through this shop! Also, get your Lundby World magazine down below!
Let’s take a closer look at this shop:
Lundby dollhouses from Melody Jane’s webshop.
Melody Jane (on Twitter ) sells all kinds of Lundby stuff, organized in categories:
(learn more about room boxes here)
Dolls and pets:
Furniture and accessories:
Too much to mention here, but let’s name a few (don’t you just love the little kitchen’s?) :
Lights and electric:
If I am being honest, I would rather buy a Lundby dollhouse,-furniture or dolls from Lundby than from Barbie (for example), to give to kids. Because, to me, they look more ‘stylish’ and ‘real’ and ‘funky’. And I just love the tradition and design of this brand from Denmark!
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I wish you happy crafting/collecting!
PS If you are interested in Lundby Dollhouses/dolls/furniture etc, please bookmark my site, because soon I will review some Etsy-shops that sell these vintage items or ‘upcycled’ them!