I thought that I would have covered each architectural style and thus dollhouse style on my website by now, but of course, I had forgotten an Asian dollhouse, how could I! 😉
This topic was in the back of my head for quite some time now, but somehow I just always wrote about other things first, my mind (and my laptop haha), can get quite messy.
Anyway, better later than never, right? So today we are going to dive into the next dollhouse style!
But First, What Other Dollhouse Styles Are There Again?
I would like to kindly remind you of all other architectural styles and dollhouse styles that I have already written about, plus some artists making dollhouses in these styles.
Why am I showing these? Well, because I am quite proud of all the efforts that I made before writing about these ;-). (you can just skip this part if you like)
So here’s a list:
- The Federal style
- The Georgian style
- Dutch cabinet dollhouses
- One of my favorit styles: the English Tudor style.
- The Gothic style
- The Victorian style
- The Edwardian time period
I think that’s it 😉
What Is An Asian Dollhouse Style?
We can give a little bit of history on Asian architecture first, to get an idea.
Calling it “Asian” style is actually too broad, Asia is quite big, isn’t it? 😉
If I’m correct (I could be wrong), most dollhouses or dollhouse kits, are either Japanese or Chinese. So we will talk about those 2 mostly.
The Japanese Style.
It is no wonder that in the West, lots of people have a fascination for Eastern interior designs because it just radiates peace and serenity, silence and space, and a special eye for detail. The trend in our western countries is to get ‘minimalizing’, and I can see the benefits of this.
The Japanese style is more about leaving things out of the room, not stuffing them up, and keeping them tidy. It is no wonder that the much known “cleaning guru” called Marie Kondo, is from Japan 😉
Japanese homes and interiors have beautiful shapes and lots of natural materials can be found in this style.
As for the choice of colors, the Japanese seem to prefer calm and earthly colors. White, black, and wood brown, but also the beautiful pink color of the cherry blossom is popular.
A lot of the homes and furniture are made from bamboo or rice paper, aka “washi”, which you can see a lot for the typical folding screens.
In western countries, we are used to working at heights, like in the kitchen or at the dining table, but in Japan, it is the other way round. Most of the furniture is low and lots of the Japanese still prefer sitting on a pillow or mat on the floor.
The Chinese Style.
The architectural style of Chinese homes might be very recognizable for you because of the imperial and religious buildings, as China has been using the same architectural model for over 2000 years.
These building complexes consist of a gate, the entrance, a four-sided construction around courtyards, and a series of halls in a north-south direction.
Most Chinese ancient buildings were built of wood, but many burned down.
These buildings had multiple layers, with towers from 2 to 7 floors, and were built to enjoy the landscape some more.
Pavillions with multiple floors also existed, but these were used for the storage of important things, such as books of Buddhist sutras and huge statues.
Usually, Chinese furniture is made from plain polished wood, but since the Song Dynasty, most pieces were covered with lacquer to have a more luxurious look.
But from the Ming dynasty, they became less expensive and so more affordable for lower social classes. Lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl-technique was mainly a technique used on furniture.
The Chinese use very bold and vibrant colors, which are quite different than the more earthly colors of the Japanese interiors.
- Red: the Chinese associate this color with good luck, fame, money, happiness, and joy
- Black: is connected with power, stability, knowledge and trust
- Gold and silver were associated with wealth
- Blue-green symbolizes spring ; filled with vitality and new life
- Yellow is reserved for royalty and represents a higher social status.
Of course, there is much more to say about these 2 oriental styles, but we are here for dollhouses, aren’t we? 😉
Some Examples Of An Asian Dollhouse.
Asian dollhouse kits from Cutebee.
The company called Cutebee has a lot of Asian dollhouse kits on the market and they look great! I have written an extended review of these kits.
Take a look at the video below to see an example:
The dollhouse kits from Hongda and Hoomeda.
The same goes for these 2 companies that have a lot of Asian dollhouse kits: Hongda and Hoomeda. I have also written a review on these before, go check it out!
Beware that for these kits, the manual is in Chinese, on the contrary to the kits from Rolife, but I don’t think that Rolife has any Japanese-themed miniature kits, unless I’m mistaken.
To avoid translation problems, there is an app from Google that you can use to translate from Chinese to English.
Here’s another video to watch of a miniature kit from this company, looking gorgeous and sophisticated, no?
Asian miniature artists.
I actually had quite a hard time finding actual miniature artists that craft their own dollhouses.
On Youtube, it is all about the previous 2 miniature kits (not that there is anything wrong with that). And when you just Google: then you also get to see mostly these DIY kits.
So I tried Pinterest, Instagram, and Etsy.
Pinterest has some interesting pictures but doesn’t always mention the artist sadly.
And when it does, their website is in Japanese or Chinese ( well, you can’t blame them, can you Lizzy, haha! ). After all, I àm talking about Asian miniatures 🙂
What I am trying to say is: unfortunately it is a bit impossible for me to write much about Asian miniaturists because of the language barrier, sorry..
But here’s a few examples:
- As you can see, I can’t tell you more about these, as the website can’t be translated 🙂
- Take a look at this cute little Japanese handmade dollhouse (website):
- According to this blog, this room box/diorama by Ruth Nock, with an ‘oriental touch’ has been sold for $150 on eBay. It sure is pretty, especially the chandelier!
- Another picture I found on Pinterest was this one. The problem is that there is no source available of who the artist is.
- Up next is this beautiful roombox. More information and pictures about this one on this personal blog.
- Now, this one, although it is a blog post from 2012, is quite interesting. This lady’s blogpost tells the story on a one room challenge: creating a Chinoiserie Chic kitchen. Go check it out!
- On Instagram, I found these 3 pictures of a Japanese dollhouse with Japanese dolls. Artist unknown.
That is it for now, if I see another fantastic Asian miniature artist (or you think I should mention them), I will make sure to add them to this blog post 😉
My Final Conclusion
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on Asian dollhouses and I think that I have every style covered now? Not quite sure lol.
If you have any questions on this topic, or would you just like to leave a message?
Please do so below in the comments or join me on my social media pages or Facebook group and I will be happy to answer any questions, except for my credit card info 🙂
I wish you happy crafting!
4 thoughts on “An Asian Dollhouse And The Architectural Style – Some Insights”
Wow! What a great article on Asian doll houses. These doll houses are incredibly beautiful and not only provide excellent designs but give cultural insights as well. The pictures are very attractive and appealing and entices further viewer engagement. From the bold colors of the Chinese to the more earthly colors of the Japanese we have illustrated the difficulty with the label of Asian. I am very impressed by the models shown and would really like to read a future article on the artisans of these special doll houses!
It really is very interesting to me as well, all the different styles and colors and such!
Be sure that I will write more about these artisans soon in the future!
thank you for your comment!
Wow! This is Amazing! I didn’t know that asian dollhouse was this popular on this scale of creativity. I see, so many types of asian dollhouses and they all are well thought out and designed. This is something I can introduce to my babygirl, for which I’m sure she will love it. Thank you for sharing such a detail article on the topic of asian dollhouse and the different architectural styles.
It is quite amazing how versatile a dollhouse style can be, right?
I hope that your daughter will enjoy it, thanks for the positive comment!