Brinca Dada

Modern interpretations of the dollhouse with true-to-life, functional details

Shrinking Modernism to a micro scale, the sleek and minimal dollhouses by NYC-based Brinca Dada have kids and adults alike excited to play make believe. At the Dwell on Design show I got to hear about the toymaker’s recently-completed Bennett House (above and below), which takes its cues from a mix of aesthetic influences. With the overall simplicity of Rietveld’s Schröder House, Piet Mondrian’s geometric …

Barbie Video Girl Doll

Barbie takes on the 21st Century with a new built-in video camera

Ever the modern woman, Barbie now offers kids a first-person perspective with a built-in video camera. The Barbie Video Girl features a camera lens in the (standard size) doll’s front and a color LCD video screen on her back for an all-in-one shooting and screening experience. In keeping with their fifty-year-long history of encouraging girls to imagine themselves in a multitude of career roles—from a …

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy

by Julie Wolfson The exhibit, "Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy" pays homage to traditional Japanese Kokeshi, brightly painted wooden dolls with no arms or legs, at the LATDA in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in downtown Los Angeles. A giant crocheted doll by Emi Motokaw greets museum goers at the entrance, welcoming them into the three-part exhibit. The first part …