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  • Gavin O'Donoghue

In a Barbie World: New art book showcases Barbie Dreamhouse through the decades.

Barbie's original Dreamhouse (Image credit: Evelyn Pustka for Pin-Up)

Barbie Dreamhouse, An Architectural Survey is a collaboration between the design magazine Pin Up and toy makers Mattel. It is a limited edition art book exploring the transformation of the Dreamhouse through generations.

Barbie's Dreamhouse was first introduced by Mattel in 1962, three years after Barbie was born. The first Dreamhouse was a folding ranch house made from cardboard. This new book charts the evolution of America's most iconic dollhouse through the years.

The Dreamhouse quickly evolved to include contemporary furniture, sun decks, multiple bedrooms, and elevators.

The book explores the cultural and architectural forces that shaped Dreamhouses over the decades.

Interior of original Dreamhouse with mid-century design made out of cardboard.

By the 1970's the Dreamhouse was made out of plastic and included an elevator

. above, 1979 Californian style A-frame cabin

above the interior of 1990's mansion with classic bubblegum pink.

recent Dreamhouse with modern styles.

The book is designed as an architecture monograph with detailed drawings and consistent photography. It conveys the evolution of architectural styles in a professional way and showcases the ultimate history of the Barbie Dreamhouse.

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