When I was a girl, my most prized possession was a Better Homes dollhouse. It was a modern home with a contemporary design and the attention to detail – the kitchen even had ice cube trays and silverware – spoke to my 8-year-old sensibilities.
Now that I have children I always have my eye out for toys that are fun and functional. And since I have a fairly small house, my sensibilities include multifunctional pieces with good design that will stand the test of time.
Enter British designer, Amy Whitworth’s QUBIS HAUS. Constructed from birch plywood, this innovative take on the doll house is also a functional coffee table. For those of us who live in small spaces, this is just the answer to large-scale toys that take up more room than they’re worth.
The table comes with modular walls that can be inserted at various points to create interior spaces. The walls feature beautifully designed graphics or you can create your own with the chalkboard option – which comes with its own chalk.
Going beyond the transformative nature of the entire piece, the most special feature has to be the modular furniture. Each set is comprised of magnetized wood pieces that allow you to create your own custom designs.
With grooves for an iPad, the coffee table becomes even more functional – if you even thought that was possible.
Rounding out a perfectly planned set of multi-purpose pieces is this chair/doll house. What a perfect solution for a kids’ room that lacks in space.
A mom herself, Amy understands the importance of having these imagination boosting pieces in her home. With such innovation at their fingertips, one can only imagine what her own kids will come up with someday!
The Qubis Haus was a winner of the Southbank Centre’s Boost Product Design competition.
images via Qubis design and If it’s hip, it’s here.