All Dolled Up

  • Contemporary dollhouse featuring the designs of Joan Behnke
  • Samantha Brooks

What happens when 20 top interior designers collaborate to create toy houses? The results are in: Ten dollhouses—each a one-of-a-kind work of art—have been outfitted with the same level of detail and style that the designers apply to their large-scale residential projects. The small structures also feature the architecture of Richard Manion and Robert Meiklejohn, of the Los Angeles–based firm Richard Manion Architecture. Additionally, two landscaped dollhouse gardens were created by Stephen Block of Inner Gardens and Christine London. The furnishings and materials of the dollhouses come from companies such as Holly Hunt, Kneedler-Fauchère, Maya Romanoff, and Schumacher.

The 10 dollhouses—as well as fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s mini replica of the her New York flagship boutique—have been created to benefit the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. The participating interior designers are Natasha Baradaran, Chris Barrett, Joan Behnke, Cari Berg, Tim Campbell, Mark Cutler, Elizabeth Dinkel, Waldo Fernandez, Adam Hunter, James Magni, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Philip Nimmo, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, Lonni Paul, Estee Stanley, and Ron Woodson and Jamie Rummerfield.

Last night’s Kaleidoscope Ball benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel auctioned some of the dollhouses, which had starting bids of $15,000. In late May, the remaining dollhouses will be available for purchase through One Kings Lane.

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