When architect David Lamolla Kristiansen's first daughter was born, he vowed to dedicate his time to creating a special place "just for her" where "she could discover and develop without the direct intervention of her parents." The result, SmartPlayhouse, is a clutch of tres chic, modernist playhouses that are great for kids alright -- and even better for their design-obsessed parents.
Let's clarify: their rich design-obsessed parents. The playhouses shown here -- one's inspired by the famed Mikimoto building in Tokyo, by Toyo Ito, the other's a Mies van der Rohe-esque homage to mid-century modernism -- cost $3,400 and $12,000 respectively... starting! Extras like curtains, lighting, foundations, and even a door lock and key can tack on another $1,800. For that kind of money, you could buy your kid an entire neighborhood in Detroit.
COMMENTARY: SmartPlayhouse produces both indoor and outdoor playhouses. Some can be used both ways. All of them are made-to-order. These are tres chic playhouses, and are plenty expensive. Most of the models come in three different sizes: Mini, Junior and Maxi. These playhouses look like a lot of fun once outfitted with furniture, curtains, lights and fittings. I can see why young kids would go bonkers over thse playhouses. I have a feeling that after the Fast Company article and my blog post, SmartPlayhouse is gong to get a lot of website traffic and new orders. I can remember the days when you could actually buy a small house for about $12,000.
Courtesy of an article dated March 23, 2011 appearing in Fast Company Design