If you have checked out my FAQ page, you can see that I have talked about most dollhouse styles by now on my website, but never about something obvious: modern dollhouses.
And I think it was about time I did, don’t you think so as well? 😉
So I was diving some more into this world of peculiar and/or modern dollhouses and found a lot more of them that intrigued me and that I wanted to share. So let’s go!
But First: What Are Modern Dollhouses?
There is not so much to say about this style of dollhouse actually.
I would describe a modern dollhouse as contemporary, mostly made from wood, and it can have modern LED miniature lights or even little solar panels or lights working on solar energy.
Lights working on solar energy you say, Lizzy? Oh yes, for sure, I am using a small string light for my fairy houses outside, working with a little solar panel 😉
But I would think that it can still have different styles, from Scandinavian to hip and more, and I will show you 35 different ideas or examples in the list of 35 modern dollhouses below!
1. Frank Halmans’ Dollhouse On A Vacuum Cleaner.
Frank Halmans is an artist from the Netherlands who has created some funny dollhouse related-pieces of art.
Like this “modern dollhouse-on-a-vacuum cleaner” and a large “bookhouse” that you can fill with books! Quite original, wouldn’t you think?
2. Noelino Toys
I just love how every toy and dollhouse in this store is handmade with wood and original. One of my favorites for modern dollhouses.
There’s a wooden treehouse, a wooden farm set, a Waldorf dollhouse, and more. Take a closer look at the store!
3. Replica dollhouses.
Have you ever seen mailboxes as a replica of a real size house? People tend to laugh at this and think it is “kitsch”, which sometimes: yes it is haha.
But on the other hand, I do think that being able to create an exact replica of your own house is really professional because you need to know what you are doing, no? I mean, I don’t think it is that easy at all..
Anyway: a very nice example of a fantastic artist creating replicas of a house is The Arne Jacobsen Doll House by MiiBoxen, available on Minimii.
4. Eco – Dollhouses With Solar-Pannels
In these days of environmental challenges, it is important to teach your children about ecological solutions regarding energy.
Ecological and modern dollhouses are a fantastic way to show them how everything works and shows them the future of our homes.
A very nice example of a “green” dollhouse is this one from Plan toys.
It has solar panels, and a windmill, and is made from non-toxic natural materials such as organic Rubberwood.
Some time ago, there was also this dollhouse on the market, but it doesn’t seem available anymore.
This is sad, because the blue color and technical details make it seem suitable for boys as well, why not?!
5. Dollhouse-Inspired furniture.
You can find so much furniture for your children’s rooms these days and I love it!
There are bookcases, room dividers, wardrobes, and so much more pieces of furniture that are dollhouse-inspired on the market. More than you maybe realize!
Take a look at this Etsy store, for example, it sells beautiful dollhouse-inspired furniture.
6. Very Lifelike and Modern Dollhouses And Roomboxes.
You might miss out on very lifelike and modern dollhouses, like one that you would want to move straight into in real life, with modern applications.
Well, I have found at least one company for you: Paris Renfroe Design.
Not only have they created modern miniature furniture, but even a modern style of houses: living in containers, but in miniature size!
The creations are called The M112 Pod house and they have several modern stuff in their online store.
There is even a gallery-room box with real little paintings in it!
7. Dollhouses That Aren’t Really “Houses”
How about playing with something that doesn’t really look like a “house”, but that you could still consider being a “dollhouse”, including dollhouse furniture and “dolls”?
Or not? I will leave it up to you 😉 Take a look at this Etsy seller called Masalinka.
8. Qubis Doll House Tables
Made in the UK, the dollhouse tables from Qubis are quite different and totally amazing!
These are handcrafted by Amy Whitworth and have a permanent exhibition at the V&A museum of childhood.
They have a multi-functionality: on the one hand as a modern coffee table, and on the other hand, it is a doll house with sliding panels made from wood and perspex, enabling the “decorator” to create different compartments and rooms.
9. Cardboard dollhouses.
A quite hip trend is creating (modern) dollhouses by using cardboard. And most of all, people make some amazing things this way!
I have found this fantastic example on Youtube, can you believe that this is made from cardboard?
If you would need to look for premade cardboard dollhouse kits, you could always check on Etsy, as there are several artists out there and I will talk about them later.
But this next store from the Ukrain that I found has breathtaking miniature kits made from cardboard, wow!
It is quite expensive at the moment, but the prices will go back to normal again when the war is over, you could support the store though!
10. Luxurious Modern Dollhouses.
In the series of modern dollhouses, we can’t skip the modern brand Barbie and her new kind of architecture for a Barbies dollhouse, no?
This one is quite remarkable, I must say, and it sure is modern!
Not only does it look modern, but it is a high-class and luxury design that is a modern architectural wonder.
This home has multiple layers, very geometric and extra-large, with a pink exterior and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Barby will need this eco-friendly home after her long day at work 😉
11. Mark Turpin Miniature Architecture.
It’s like things just keep getting more extraordinary while I’m searching for more modern dollhouses.
If you don’t know the miniaturist Mark Turpin, it is time that you did!
This artist produces one-of-a-kind dollhouses, rooms, and miniature furniture, architecturally correct, for collectors and thus custom-made, unlimited by the style.
You can visit his gallery pages here. This contains classical and traditional styles, but also contemporary structures, which is the topic of this article.
12. Glass Dollhouses
Would you think that it’s possible to create a glass dollhouse, or at least with a lot of glass?
Well, it sure is! Just take a look at this perfect example of “Emmersondollhouse” from Brinca Dada. What do you think?
13. A Very Large Lifesized Modern Dollhouse At Grand Central Station.
If you ever would walk past Grand Central Station in New York in 2013, you might have noticed this large and lifesized “dollhouse” that was set up there to show off the Threshold collection of Target.
You could walk just right through it!
14. A Dollhouse by Kathy Osborn.
Kathy Osborn is mainly a photographer, graphic artist, and children’s book illustrator, but she is also getting a lot of attention for her fabulous modern dollhouse of a 21st-century house.
Take a look at the Youtube video below to get some inspiration from her.
15. Cute Fruit Shaped Dollhouses.
“Rock and Pebble” has the cutest designs in fruit-shaped dollhouses that I have not seen anywhere else, not on Etsy, not on eBay, etc.. Lovely!
@ Artists using laser cutting machinery: there’s another idea for your Etsy store and others! 🙂
16. Dollhouse miniatures in a dresser.
Make it easy on yourself and your kids, and have your dollhouse miniatures stacked in a dresser. Like in this example from kidsomania.
17. The Roomboxes From Peter Tucker.
Peter Tucker is a craftsman who creates miniature roomboxes with modern classical furniture like Corbusier or Reitveld. You can find an expanded article on this artist here.
18. Paper dollhouse that you can color!
Have you ever seen these, dollhouses in 3D that you (or your kids lol), can color? I think that is an amazing way to spend your time or keep your children busy.
“MosesKnows” is the developer and used to be on Etsy, who knows if he gets back one day!
19. Roominate, made by graduate students.
This dollhouse is quite unique in the sense that it is not a typical “girly” dollhouse.
It is developed by 3 graduate students and this house was the first toy that they designed.
What’s so special about this is that it has circuits and custom-build parts, so that girls won’t just learn how to do housekeeping, but learn about what goes into actually building one.
20. Tiny little modern dollhouse art-inspired
How about a little dollhouse that is inspired by art, on a scale of 1:144? I think it is very cute!
It says that it is inspired by Eames, but I would think it is more inspired by Mondriaan honestly. What do you think? Check out more details here.
21. A Cool Way To Store Cigars!
Would you think that there are cigars behind this dollhouse facade? I wouldn’t have known!
The LINLEY ‘Partagas Serie D’ is created after the “Real Fábricas de Tabaco Partagás”, an old cigar factory in Havana.
22. The minimalistic wooden dollhouse.
Why not have a minimalistic design in wood for a modern dollhouse, with minimalistic, but practical “dolls”, also in wood?
This artist on Etsy has it for you, take a closer look here!
23. A Dollhouse Puzzle!
I have no clue who the designer is of this jigsaw dollhouse puzzle, but this is fantastic, what an idea!
When a kid assembles the pieces of miniature furniture, it gets the shape of a dollhouse!
24. Dollhouses in a suitcase!
As I mentioned in my article on using all kinds of things as a container for a roombox, people also craft miniatures in a suitcase and thus make a “dollhouse” in this way.
With often times a fantastic result, have a look at these sellers on Etsy:
- Are you traveling with your dollhouse? 🙂
- This is just lovely!
25. A variation on the previous topic, make a dollhouse from a suitcase!
Bo Christian Larsson has done exactly that: create dollhouses with the help of vintage suitcases!
26. A Beach Dollhouse!
Why not get a modern dollhouse that you can see having it straight unto a (fake) tiny beach?
This seller from Etsy has one that you might fancy 😉
27. A modern dollhouse needs a garage!
A modern dollhouse means that you need a garage for your car or motorbike, wouldn’t you think?
28. Dollhouse-inspired bookcases.
What about a double-function bookcase that can function as a dollhouse as well?
Doesn’t this one from Sarah Dos Santas look cheerful? Makes you happy just seeing it!
29. A Dollhouse in a treestump.
Isn’t this a fantastic idea, putting a dollhouse in a “treestump”?
Have a look at the store to see more pictures. On the outside, it is a tree stump, then you open it and tatatatataa: there are 2 parts making it a sturdy dollhouse to play with!
30. Contemporary dollhouse toys
TDO architecture has created this contemporary dollhouse which is also a lamp (yes!).
The design was based on the principles of Le Corbusier’s famed Villa Savoye, completed in 1929.
31. Get some privay in a “dollhouse box”
Isn’t this peculiar, have you ever seen anything like it?
Designer Soojin Hyon has made this desk-in-a-dollhouse-box, where you are totally closed off from the world and have lots of privacy.
It looks a bit too claustrophobic for me though haha.
32. Create your own bioclimatic ecological house
“Dollshouse Roomboxes” has some special kinds of dollhouse kits on sale.
Amongst them is this model kit that is a science project at the same time: it is a bioclimatic ecological house and you can proudly display it on your desktop.
33. Minimalist dollhouse homes.
This name in the dollhouse world, you might have heard about before: Brinca Dada.
It is vintage on the one hand, but on the other hand, his dollhouse designs were quite modern and minimalistic. Brinca Dada is an artist from New-York-city.
Despite the minimalist approach, Brinca Dada has paid close attention to detail. Brinca Dada has definitely captured the essence of dollhouses with his versions.
34. Little guitares in a big guitar!
Sometimes people create very creative miniatures! Have a look at this guitar filled with miniatures.
And now, have a closer look, it is packed with mini guitars and other miniature music instruments!
(artist unknown, found on Pinterest)
35. Turn a Barbie House into a much more modern dollhouse!
” Paperandgluedreams” has turned her daughter’s Barbie house into this gorgeous modern dollhouse!
Isn’t the result way better than the original one?
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on modern dollhouses and it will be expanded over time because I have a lot more to say on this!
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I wish you happy crafting!