On Monday 11 November, KIDS corporate partner, Cathedral Group, will be bringing together some of the world’s best architects and designers for an unforgettable event kindly hosted by internationally renowned London auction house, Bonhams. The roll call of contributors is a who’s who in the world of architecture and design and includes Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid and Andrew Logan, all of whom are contributing their services in a bid to help property developer Cathedral raise £100,000 for KIDS this year.
The inspiration behind the project comes from the iconic Edwin Lutyens designed Queen Mary dolls’ house, created in 1922 with the aid of over 1,500 craftsmen and women. Taking the language of a traditional children’s toy and using it to display the best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship and interior design, Cathedral Group has asked 19 contemporary architects and designers to design and build a dolls house for the 21st Century. Their brief is simple. Each house must fit on a 750mm x 750mm plinth, be robust enough to be played with and have one design feature for a child with a disability.
The event will be formally launched as part of the London Design Festival on 18 September, at an invitation only party hosted by event sponsor Domus Tiles. A number of the dolls’ houses will be on display to the public at the Domus showroom in Eastcastle Street, W1 until Friday 9 November, after which they’ll be transferred to the brand new wing of Bonhams. It will also be possible to see the dolls’ houses in situ there on 10 and 11 November.
Potential purchasers will be able to bid on-line from 14 September with the six most popular dolls’ houses being auctioned live at Bonhams on Monday 11 November to an audience of invited guests. The remaining 13 lots will form part of a silent auction. The highest online bidders will be invited along to this exclusive party to continue their bidding and, hopefully, own one of these bespoke pieces!
If you’d like to learn more about this exciting and unprecedented event, please go to www.adollshouse.co.uk or follow @martyncathedral for the latest updates. Tweets related to the auction can be found by typing in #dollshouse to your Twitter feed.
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