Set of dolls for the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, with box, designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright, made by Bozart Toys, China, 2001
[Armani doll] Height: 12.5 cm
[Lena doll] Height: 13.5 cm
[Lily doll] Height: 13 cm
[India the cat] Height: 2.8 cm
[Booklet] Width: 10.1 cm
[Packaging] Width: 26.5 cm Plastic packaging, Height: 17.5 cm Plastic packaging, Depth: 9 cm Plastic packaging, Width: 26.7 cm Cardboard box, Height: 17.8 cm Cardboard box, Depth: 9 cm Cardboard box
The dolls in the Kaleidoscope Kids set are based on designers Peter Wheelwright and Laurie Simmons' respective children and friends. The dolls were purchased from eBay for use in the 2014 Small Stories exhibition at MoC.
Set of posable plastic dolls for the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, with box, designed by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright
[Armani doll] Armani is a black boy wearing a two-tone grey t-shirt with a white stripe across the chest. He wears beige cargo-style trousers and blue and black trainers. He is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
[Lena doll] Lena is a girl with light brown, shoulder length hair. She is wearing a white t-shirt, pink trousers with green spots, and yellow clog-like shoes. The doll is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
[Lily doll] Lily is a girl with brown hair styled in two bunches, one tied with a pink hairband, and one with a blue hairband. She is wearing a black and white spotty long-sleeved top with exposed shoulders. She is also wearing a red wraparound skirt, and red and white shoes. She is joineted at the shoulders, elbows, and knees.
[India the cat] The cat is hairless Siamese breed. It is grey and wrinkly, although it has a cream-coloured tummy. It is posed in a sitting position.
[Booklet] The Bozart booklet is a white square booklet with a blue and orange logo of a toy jack above the name 'bozart'. The booklet contains information about the various products sold by the company including the Kaleidoscope House and its numerous accessory sets.
[Packaging] The packaging consists of two clear plastic sections which hold the dolls, and sandwich them together to secure them. There is also a cardboard box with an inner cardboard section that slots inside to create a background. The box has a multicoloured, geometric design, with a cut-away revealing the dolls underneath their clear plastic container.
The Kaleidoscope House (B.1-2002) is a Modernist-inspired house of coloured plastic planes, with furniture, accessories, and figures taken from the designers' own lives.
This set of dolls was produced in 2001 by Bozart Toys to accompany the Kaleidoscope Dolls' House, designed by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright. The dolls are based on the designers' respective children and friends, including actress and director Lena Dunham (daughter of Laurie Simmons). The designers' children had considerable input into the design of the dolls' house, and are now immortalised in miniature.