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Design Seen: Playing House

  • Samantha Brooks

Bold designs bring delight into the rooms of youngsters and the young at heart.

1} Challières Paris 
This birdhouse-inspired shade is made from copper wiring and colorful decorative birds. Shown here as a single-tiered pendant light ($495), the La Volière lamp is also offered in floor and tabletop models. Available at the Conran Shop, +44.844.848.4000, www.conranshop.co.uk

2} Hanns-Peter Krafft 
Part stool, part sculpture, these realist sheep are made from shearling and solid wood and are available in a range of colors and sizes ($500 to $1,250). Available through Design de Collection, +33.9.62.16.96.06, www.designdecollection.fr

3} ShedKM 
Twenty leading designers and architects worldwide scaled down their works into one-of-a-kind dollhouses for A Doll’s House, an auction event at Bonhams last November to benefit Kids, a British charity for disabled children. The London-based firm ShedKM created this Rubik’s Cube–like abode, which was sold to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner for a winning bid of about $2,500. +44.207.439.7166, www.shedkm.co.uk 

4} Haoshi Design 
Riders on horses rotate within six numbered pillars to display the hours, minutes, and seconds on this resin carousel clock ($140). Available through A+R, 800.913.0071, www.aplusrstore.com 

5} Juniper Books
Juniper Books typically creates curated libraries of rare volumes for private homes and members’ clubs, but the Boulder, Colo.–based company’s customized children’s books—available with bespoke leather bindings and decorative jackets, such as the Children’s Classics 30 Book Set shown here ($495)—have earned a cult ­following. 303.946.1494, www.juniperbooks.com

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