The new love of detail
The Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) is also home to an extensive and exclusive collection of new doll’s houses, shops, workshops, and much more. These works of art, most of which are one-off pieces, present everyday scenes in an entertaining manner.
These newly made items are known as miniatures within the Anglo-Saxon area. Attention to detail and accuracy to scale are all-important. A ratio of 1:12 has become the internationally accepted standard scale. These newly made miniatures are often strikingly reminiscent of their role models from the past few centuries and adopt the construction and furnishing style from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Museum awards special commissions to artists from different countries. They depict scenes from everyday life, realise cinematic themes or draw their inspiration from historical buildings and facts. The miniatures on the 3rd floor of the Museum come from around the world, including France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland and the USA.
Perfection in miniature
The miniatures tell real or fictitious stories of various kinds with impressive attention to detail and are constructed in a 1:12 scale. It is with this contemporary spin on the art of the dollhouse that the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel fosters the art of modern dollhouse construction.