“Life is Splendid in Plastic,” especially for Barbara Millicent Roberts, better known as Barbie, who lives comfortably in her iconic dream house,
Barbie hit toy store shelves in 1959, and the first dream house It was released 3 years later for $8.
new book Barbie Dreamhouse: An Architectural Survey Travels through the history of Barbie through the architecture and interiors of her first apartment that have been continually updated throughout history.
In the decades since her debut, Barbie has been criticized for upholding impossible beauty standards and gender stereotypes, but her ever-evolving home has always remained surprisingly modern, the book explains.
Its design focuses on the idea that single women can have everything and live a full and independent life without restricting themselves to being a housewife.
When was barbie released? dream house, the idea of a bachelorette apartment for a woman was different from the expectations of its time. In 1962, women were still not allowed to have their own bank accounts, so it was not common for them to buy their own homes.
“But here’s Barbie, she has her own boss dream house” explains Kim Culmon, Mattel’s vice president of design, in the book.
A shift toward greenery can be seen in the 1979 home with flower-filled window boxes, skylights, and a natural color palette. Or concerns about the wheelchair-accessible design for Barbie and the recycling bins in later versions. dream house,
the book is full engaging trivia about the tiny abode, taking into account the many design influences that will pique the interest of any true aficionado architecture, interior design a barbie.
these are 9 most curious features of dream house Barbie by:
first dream house Barbie pretended she was a young lady with a university education
dream house The 1962 Barbie doll had books and college pennants indicating that Barbie went to college.
Another detail: According to the book, his single bed indicated that Kane didn’t live there.
barbie townhouse Looks inspired by the work of a modernist architect from Switzerland from 1974
barbie townhouse It bears a striking resemblance to the Maison Dom-Iño, a modular home designed by modernist architect Le Corbusier from 1974.
The design of the Maison Dom-Ino began in 1914 as a prototype for mass-produced housing, intended as a solution for post-World War I reconstruction of Europe.
The 1979 ‘A’ design ushered in a more open concept for Barbie.
In this house, rooms no longer had specific uses delimited by colored walls. The children could rearrange the furniture however they wanted in different rooms, a reflection of the free spirit of the time.
The book compares the home’s open-plan, nature-centered interiors with Sagar Farm, a residential neighborhood on the Northern California coast, with architecture inspired by nature. (design lovers love marine farm,
The 1980s is the first reflection of the all-pink aesthetic that Barbie now represents.
Glamor Home since 1985 with pink tones
Not highlighted in the book, but mentioned as a precursor magic mansion Since 1990.
magic mansionMeanwhile, all of its furniture and architecture are in pink, including Doric columns and rose-patterned wallpaper that evoke Laura Ashley’s passion.
It was a reflection of the romanticism and opulence of the time.
The Magic Mansion sold for $399 when it launched in 1990, now it will be around $900 in 2022.
Mint condition models of the house sell for over $4,000 on the used market today.
The house also featured patterned fabrics on its furniture known as patterns. jazz (typical of older buses) that would be immortalized years later, in 1993, in paper cups.
a representation in a painting of a Victorian house in dream house could have inspired 1962 dream house 2000’s
“Perhaps the painting was from Barbara Millicent Roberts’ childhood home, where Barbie grew up; a model from the fictional town of Willow, Wisconsin, provided inspiration for the future turreted 2-story building,” the book states.
Dreamhouse 2021 is a beach version with straight lines with a style similar to today’s “content houses”
The Barbie Dreamhouse has taken a totally modern turn over the past 2 years. You can see it in the karaoke room on the third floor with a disco ball and a slide to the stairs.
Mattel team looks at how kids interact with these toys to design the future dream house
“It has a lot to do with accessibility and dexterity, because for most of our core audience the house is longer than they are,” Kalmon said.
“We want to make sure they can come in and play, and that you have rooms that keep them engaged, which requires a high level of observation and analysis.”
Design teams have learned that children like to have recognizable elements, a sense of real home.
Besides the shape of the house, kids also love the sound effects. “Does the toilet flush? That’s always a hit.”