I’ve been looking at castles and dollhouses off and on for the last year. I actually bought a nice one on sale (Plan Toys Eco House) last year and then decided that DS was receiving too many gifts and held on to it for his birthday. And then 6 months later I decided, again, that he was receiving too many things and held off. And then after a full year this Christmas I decided I just wasn’t in love with it. I sold it on Craig’s List for a little bit more than I paid for her. Yeah!
I had seen a lot of pictures of beautiful, simple Waldorf dollhouses in the meantime. And I keep looking at dollhouses and castles and finding fault. I wanted something neutral in design or wildly colorful. I wanted it to be easy to access the inside. I wanted it to be made in a sustainable and ethical way. I really preferred to buy something made in the US. And this just came on the market and I *love* it. I think the design is wonderful. I love that it can be a Castle or a House or a Skyscraper. I love that it can be reassembled into new shapes for open ended play. I love the open interior which will be wonderful for small hands. I love that it is expandable. I love that the interior is so neutral. I love it that it is eco-friendly and made in the US. In my mind I can see a wet-felted "pool" on the rooftop. But it is obviously modern in design and feel.
The Stackhouse by Toideloi http://www.toideloi.com/stackhouse.html
Which brings me to the root of my question; can modern design be Waldorf? Waldorf celebrates natural materials and appreciates the handmade. And many Waldorf toys have a shared sensibility and I like it but it doesn’t entirely mesh with our lives. And I am sort of curious if you think there is room for another sensibility within the community. Is the design sensibility merely a preference of the community or is integral to some better understanding of Waldorf then I currently posess.
Or at the very least, do you like the dollhouse/castle? =)