Hi, I’m Anna-Maria and I’m a bit of an expert in Australia on the history of Lundby dolls’ houses and furniture. As a child, I always wanted a Lundby dolls’ house and never had one, but made up for it as an adult.
I started collecting Lundby dolls’ houses back in 2003 and since then I’ve searched the world to obtain Lundby dolls’ houses and furniture from the 1950s through to today. I’ve been lucky enough to have my Lundby collection exhibited in Australia and had it featured on national television.
I’d love to share some of the things I’ve learnt about Lundby with you on the Lundby blog over the next few months. Each of my posts will focus on a particular era, item or interesting fact about Lundby dolls’ houses.
For instance, did you know that Lundby was the very first dolls house in the world to offer lighting in their dolls’ houses? It was (and continues to be) a 4.5 volt child-safe system.
Almost 70 years later, Lundby are being similarly ground breaking in offering remote-controlled lighting in their 2015 Smaland dolls’ house. Are you as excited as I am about the idea that you can light up different rooms in your dolls’ house independently?
I’m particularly impressed by this idea because I’m currently working on turning a Smaland dolls’ house into a café (downstairs) and live-music venue (upstairs), so being able to light them separately is perfect for what I’m planning.
There are many other items in the 2015 Lundby catalogue that I’m excited about, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you, especially as I customise them to fit into my personalised Lundby world.
Because isn’t one of the best things about Lundby (apart from the fact that they’ve always kept up with the times and trends in their decorating) those personalised details that you can add to make your house your own one-of-a-kind creation?
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 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.