Five reasons why Lundby Dolls’ Houses are different

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1. Pools
The modern Stockholm house isn’t the only Lundby dolls’ house to have had a pool. Between 1972 and 1974, Lundby offered a swimming pool as part of its range, complete with ladder and diving board. These pools are now very rare and are much sought-after by collectors.

Vintage Lundby pool

2. Cars
From the mid-70s to the late 80s, there were two different extension levels available for the Lundby Gothenburg house (the predecessor of the Småland dolls’ house), one of which contained a garage. And there was a choice of three Lundby cars over those years to keep in that garage.

Vintage Lundby car

3. Greenhouse
The Lundby greenhouse was available from 1977 to 1982, and was designed to be used with a sheet of blotting paper in it to grow cress seeds. In England, it was originally available as a gift when you collected and redeemed coupons from Lundby packaging.

Vintage Lundby greenhouse

Flier for greenhouse giveaway. Courtesy of Sue Morse.

4. Dolls’ house for the dolls’ house
Twice in the history of Lundby there has been a Lundby dolls’ house dolls’ house: once in 1977, and once in 2003/04.

Lundby dolls’ house dolls’ houses

5. Real art
Before Lundby began their partnership with artist Lisa Rinnevuo — who paints the art included in contemporary Lundby sets—they used to offer miniature versions of works by famous artists. My favourites include The Reader by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Edgar Degas’ Ballerina, offered between 1967 and 1974.

Vintage Lundby art

About Anna-Maria
Anna-Maria Sviatko lives in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. She has been a creator and collector of modern miniatures from a young age, where she became entranced by the tradition of using dolls’ houses to document contemporary ways of life. In 2003 she bought a vintage Lundby  Swedish dolls’ house, which started her collection of mid-century modern commercial dolls houses. Her miniature work has been published and exhibited internationally. Anna-Maria writes The Shopping Sherpa blog.

Last update: May 12, 2016

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