A few years ago I blogged about BillyBoy*'s Mallet-Stevens dollhouse (yup, the famous architect Robert Mallet-Stevens widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in French architecture along with Le Corbusier.) BillyBoy* contacted me with another house in his and his husband Lala's collection, and I was floored at the presentation. Now, an authentic 19th-century family doll's house is not usually what I search for, but this is hands down the best dollhouse presentation I've ever seen. It is quite the labor of love as Lala has spent 9 years working on the text and photography to publish this tour.
Here is The Lala House in BillyBoy* and Lala's home in 2010, before they moved to build a museum in Delémont, Switzerland. "The museum will be dedicated to the interaction between the history of high fashion and fashion dolls with decorative, modern and contemporary arts." The museum will also include some of BillyBoy*'s extensive colletion of modernist toys made from 1900 until now. Read more about their museum on the Fondation Tanagra website here »
Now back to this tour. The amount of time photographing and detailing the history of this house and it's restoration is truly impressive. It really is a fabulous read and I don't want to spoil anything, so get a cup of hot tea and enjoy reading about the house in it's entirety here www.fondationtanagra.com/en/article/en-the-lala-house. It's like getting a personal guided tour at a museum from the comfort of your own home.
One of my favorite things this tour does, is not only showcase the rooms, but the incredible pieces that are hard to appreciate fully in the roomsettings. How amazing is that china and glassware?
The Boudoir is one of my favorite rooms in the Lala House. I love seeing the architectural details of the rooms as well. I love the wallpaper and molding and this Chinese lantern is a show stopper. I could design a house around that lantern. While you are touring The Lala House, make sure you click on (or mouse over) each of the pictures as there are details on the larger versions of each image. Wow, sooo much time to curate this masterpiece. Enjoy the tour!
For more information on BillyBoy* and Lala and the fascinating work they are doing, visit the Fondation Tanagra website here »