While most of Saturday was spent on cutting up egg carton stones and bricks…thought I’d try to break things up by reporting on some new arrivals for the ARC dollhouse.
It’s a vintage kitchen set made by Tomy toys. I haven’t delved into the historical background so I’m not quite sure on the official details. All I know was that Tomy created a line of miniature dollhouse furniture back in the 1970s (or early 1980s) called the Smaller Home and Garden series. According to the website I found labeled A History of Dollhouses & Furnishings from 1890 to 1990, the items were originally manufactured in Japan, and were built to simulate materials like wood despite being made of plastic. The series sold the furniture in sets and at the time, were deemed quite modern and realistic.
In the case of the kitchen set, it definitely reminded me of my old home back in the 1980s. Granted, my parents’ kitchen didn’t have the lemon veneer cabinet doors, but I remember the black dishwasher and the butcher block countertops. Funny how that’s been back in vogue….
I had originally thought of putting the set on the lower left side of the ARC, near the front door. But the fact the sink and stove sections were in such excellent condition…I had to use them both somehow. So imagine my surprise when I set them up on the opposite side of the ARC.
Guess this will be its new home. So far so good!
The next package I received in the mail consisted of the set I bought for the bathroom. I purchased it via eBay, and while I knew it was going to be green…but man, this is definitely very Crayola green. I love it! This set was manufactured by Fisher Price in the late 1970s.
The last package…well, it was more of packages. I try to make it a point to snag as many Reac Designer Chairs as possible. And I managed to score a bunch of them from a seller on eBay. I meant to keep them stored for a future project, but I guess curiosity got the best of me. So I took out two of them (since I bought a pair of each) and tested them in the ARC to see how they’d look. Technically these guys are meant to be 1:12 scale, but….it seems to work well here right?
The blue chair on the left (if memory serves me right) is based on a Charles Ray and Eames design back in the 1950s — a DAW I think. Not sure though — I get these guys mixed up like crazy. The green chair on the right….I’m pretty sure that’s modeled after a Bofinger-Stuhl.
I kept going back and forth between the two of them I decided that I just need to grow a pair and make a decision. I did the old reliable standby of “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. And it looked like the green chair won.
And I guess the chairs worked out since they complimented my very sunny kitchen. Now I just have to wait on my furniture set from 3StarStudioArts and I’ll be all set with the furniture pieces….
Though in the meantime….anyone in need of a TOMY refrigerator? It came with the kitchen set, but alas, I don’t have room for it…..