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Modernist Dollhouses Offer Peephole Onto Modern Home Life

“Scandinavian Design in the Doll’s House,” a new book by Yvette Wadsted and Ulf Beckman, examines interior-design trends in Nordic homes from 1950 to 2000.

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Scandinavian design has influenced the world in ways both large and small. I mean very small. During the second half of the 20th century, Scandinavian toy makers took to representing modernist interior-design trends in children’s playthings. A forthcoming book, Scandinavian Design in the Doll’s House (Arvinius, 2012), offers a visually arresting–and terrifically voyeuristic–look at post-war Nordic domestic life through the lens of tiny houses. Meticulously staged photographs capture everything from tiny Papa Björn reclining in his tiny Arne Jacobsen Egg chair to tiny half-naked bathers at a tiny indoor-outdoor sauna. Unisex, of course. This is Scandinavia.

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Pre-order the book for $44 on Amazon.

[Images courtesy of Arvinus; hat tip to Frame]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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