Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright - Editions & Works on Paper New York Thursday, June 27, 2024 | Phillips
  • “Our hope is that the Kaleidoscope House with its sliding transparencies and changing aspects will give a colorful view into new playful possibilities.”
    —Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelright

    Kaleidoscope House was conceived and designed by architect Peter Wheelright and artist Laurie Simmons, who is known for utilizing dollhouse imagery in her photographic work; Wheelright, regarded for his residential work, was the college roommate of Carroll Dunham – Simmons’ husband –and later designed the couple’s real-life apartment. Stemming from their dual fascination with interior spaces, the pair said of the impetus for the dollhouse: "The Kaleidoscope House came out of our shared interests in domesticity and in particular the changing practices of home and family. Our individual work in photography and architecture has focused on these issues, and the promptings of our respective children have often figured in our thinking. Clearly, there is a need for a new dollhouse in the family playroom…”


    As an interactive creative play environment intended for “6-year-olds and above,” the 1:12 scale modernist house invites children and adults alike to play interior designer, outfitting the house with miniature modernist furniture from lauded designers like Karim Rashid, Dakota Jackson, and Jasper Morrison, along with scaled-down artworks by Mel Bochner, Cindy Sherman, Peter Halle, Carroll Dunham, Barbara Kruger, and others. Adding sonal ambiance, a scale reproduction of a Steinway piano plays 'Gymnopedie No. 1' by Erik Satie for the house’s occupants: dolls of the artist, architect, and family – including interpretations of Simmons’ two children, Lena and Cyrus Grace Dunham. As the interchangeable exterior walls of the dollhouse slide open and overlap one another, their colors change in hue and value, providing an introductory lesson to color theory.


    Through its architecture, Kaleidoscope House offers the tenets of the International Style: pleasure, transparency, and efficiency. Breaking the nostalgia of traditional dollhouse design, Kaleidoscope House embodies a modern vision of living, succeeding in both style and democratic ambitions – a new-age Barbie Dreamhouse. 


    • Catalogue Essay

      Bedroom Set - Contains bed with mattress, double bed futon and two single loft bed futons designed by Laurie Simmons with linens by R.W. Kitchen Studio.
      Kitchen Kit - 2 Bar Stools designed for Bozart Toys by Ross Anderson, plus 6 1:12 scale dinnerware settings designed by R.W. Kitchen Studio.
      Living Room Set - A 1:12 scale reproduction of a chair design by Rod Arad, a sofa design by Karim Rashid for Ideé, Japan and a coffee table design by Keiser-Newman.
      Jasper Morrison Living Room - A 1:12 scale reproduction of the Jasper Morrison Élan modular sofa system in white imitation leather.
      Karim Rashid Dining Room Furniture - 1:12 scale reproduction of designs by Karim Rashid, 4 chairs designed for Ideé, Japan and a Flo Glo White dining table designed for Bozart.
      Dining Room Set - A 1:12 scale reproduction of a design by Dakota Jackson.
      Bathroom Set - Designs in Pale Sea Green Porcelain by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright.
      House Accessories - 3 Jonathan Adler pots & 1 lamp, miniature books by A.M. Holmes and Lynne Tillman, and pillows and rug by Judy Ross.
      Steinway Tricentennial Piano - A 1:12 scale reproduction of the Steinway Tricentennial Artcase Piano designed by Dakota Jackson. Plays Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie.
      Art Collection No. 1 - Contains 1:12 scale reproductions of Caroll Dunham, Untitled, Peter Halley, The Sixth Sense, Laurie Simmons, Untitled/Women's Head, Mel Bochner, 1=12, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #54, Mel Kendrick, Untitled.
      Art Collection No. 2 - Contains 1:12 scale reproductions of Sarah Charlesworth, Red Mask, Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I Shop Therefore I Am), Allan McCollum, 5 Perfect Vehicles, Lisa Yuskavage, Blond Brunette and Redhead, Alexander Ross, Untitled, John Newman, Bubbles Burst.
      Doll Set #1 - Mr. and Mrs. Blue-Green, Grace and Matt.
      Kaleidoscope Kids and India Cat - 4 action figures to complement the family; Lily, Lena, Armani and India the Cat are ready to join the fun!


Kaleidoscope House

ABS plastic and acrylic multiple, with accompanying Bedroom Set, Kitchen Kit, Living Room Set, Jasper Morrison Living Room, Karim Rashid Dining Room Furniture, Dining Room Set, Bathroom Set, House Accessories, Steinway Tricentennial Piano, Art Collection No. 1, Art Collection No. 2, Doll Set #1 and Kaleidoscope Kids and India Cat, all contained in their original packaging and boxes.
smallest box 5 1/2 x 6 x 2 in. (14 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm)
largest box 23 x 30 x 9 1/2 in. (58.4 x 76.2 x 24.1 cm)

From the edition of an unknown size, published by Bozart, Philadelphia.

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$700 - 1,000 

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New York Auction 27 June 2024