Designed by Liliane Limpens, Holland | Made in Germany
|■ length 120 x breadth 60 x height 128 cm
■ weight 42 kilo
■ birch plywood | double transparent varnish
■ roof’s ridge of solid beech wood
■ 3 floors
■ 2 spiral staircases
■ 7 rooms
■ 4 open doors
■ 3 trays | dimensions 19 x 28 x 7 cm
■ 3 wall shelves with plexi-edges
■ aluminium kitchen utensil rail with 8 hooks
■ aluminium clothes rail with length 60 cm
■ bathroom wall mirror
■ 2 roofs of perforated stainless steel
■ 4 metal castors with double-brake systems
■ a car ramp | birch plywood [transparent varnish] and beech
■ children’s bed | with bed linen
■ kitchen counter
■ 6 chairs
■ sofa [3 seater]
■ dining table
■ desk and computer table
■ bathroom unit
■ double bed | with bed linen
■ single bed | with bed linen
All parts of the Dolls Villa by Liliane passed the tests of TÜV according to the European and US standards for safety: EN 71-1 | EN 71-2 | EN 71-3 | ASTM F 963-11| reach
Play is the language of young children, they can express and develop themselves. Playing stimulates spontaneous practicing of social skills.
In the home, the Dolls Villa is not only fun for the whole family, but it is educational for parents. By listening to their children’s stories and watching their movements, children’s developmental phases emerge.
The designer Liliane Limpens was previously editor-in-chief of the art magazine Harlekijn, head of the national library and documentation centre for arts education and founder | member of the board of a child care facility for gravely ill children at the Maastricht academic hospital.
Creator Liliane Limpens says
Playing with the Dolls Villa is playing with wood. I think it is important for young children to feel natural materials, to be able to smell and see the unblemished nature of wood. Wood is such a tangible and beautiful product. Children are capable of developing a real connection to products of the earth. This interaction contributes to a certain concept of sustainability, even at a young age.
My motivation to design the Dolls Villa stems from a desire to give children their own dream haven. This villa had to be top quality, and not meant for tiny dolls, but an exclusive, private domain, just for your favourite dolls. A domain with its own standards, values, rules and freedoms. One that children nurture as they grow older.
When I was young and played with my dolls, I could get completely lost in thought, dreaming of the wonderful life I would lead in the future. This was my way of escaping, even briefly, from the constraints of school and family life. Playing with my dolls also fostered my contact with friends. This is the experience and the feelings I have long hoped to give the children of today. These hopes took on a concrete form when I decided to start my own company in 1999, exclusively for the sale of the Dolls Villa by Liliane, the first sustainable and exclusive house for dolls of 30 cm.
The implicit message I want to give to children is: ‘Look, here is a villa made just for your children. The villa is sturdy, mobile and made from sustainable design materials. No expense has been spared; on the contrary. If your children – the dolls – are happy, this contributes to your own happiness.’
Now that boys are playing with dolls made just for boys on a large scale, things are changing. By stepping into the shoes of the doll [i.e., another person], a child’s capacity for empathy is stimulated.
The villa is finished with a transparent varnish, and this absence of colour makes the house a calming element in the room. This can influence children’s often turbulent moods. After all, the dolls and their accessories provide a profusion of colour.
What I’m actually doing with the dolls villa is creating a desirable image; children have the right to exactly the same things as their parents… or perhaps even a bit more. ‘Mum and Dad have a marble countertop, stainless steel taps, two sinks in the bathroom, a designer bed… so why shouldn’t the children and their dolls have the same?
Adults can learn a lot more from children than we often assume, particularly when it comes to their heightened sensitivity. This option ensures a more continuous flow in the contact between them. The Dolls Villa by Liliane envisages this equality, and children experience love and respect when playing with it. Sentiments as genuine as the wood used to make it…
The beginning may be found at the origin, with the children’s children.