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This is my blog for my first year journal on the Interacitve Arts course at the Manchester School of Art. I dont really know what to put on it so it will probably be a bit of everything, my work, work and things that inspire me and any ideas i might have.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Another Re-created House


Another house I found on the V&A Museum website that was made as a replica of the house the little girl who owned it lived in. This house was made with all the new technologies of the time and is in contrast to the wide range of Georgian houses made.


Three Devonshire Villas - 1900

This house is a model of a house in Kilburn High Road, North London, which no longer exists. It was made in 1900 for the owner Mr Samuel Loebl, as a present for his daughter, Cecy. Both his daughter and his grand-daughter played with the house. His grand-daughter donated the house to the Museum in 1972.
This dolls' house was made by a carpenter and would have cost a great deal to make. It is decorated and furnished in the very latest style for the time and many of the features, such as the fitted bathroom and the double sink in the kitchen, were very modern for the time. The bathroom walls have 'sanitary' wallpaper, which is coated to be washable - a new invention at the time. Cecy made the carpets, lampshades and upholstery in the bedroom and drawing room.
The house reflects in miniature an actual nursery which would have been the domain of the children and their nurse. It is well-stocked with toys, the frieze and pictures provide visual stimulation and it includes the very latest in technological innovation - a telephone.
The house was exhibited at a Toy Fair in Frankfurt in 1925.

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