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SHOUT OUT: Small Stories - At Home in a Dolls' House with Rosa & Clara Designs

A dolls’ house exhibition recently opened at the V&A Museum of Childhood which features a ‘Dream House’, made up of 19 little rooms dreamed up by 19 London-based designers, including Crafty Foxers Mister PeeblesTiny Track and Rosa & Clara Designs. Diana caught up with Jessica, the designer behind Rosa & Clara Designs, to find out more.

More is More by Rosa & Clara Designs. Image (c) V&A Museum, London

More is More by Rosa & Clara Designs. Image (c) V&A Museum, London

Tell us a bit about the “Dream House” project
The V&A Museum of Childhood decided to commission a ‘Dream House’ installation as a finale to its exhibition, ‘Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House’.  The curators selected designers with diverse backgrounds (textile designers, furniture designers, a team from Liberty, illustrators…) and asked them to create a miniature room.  We were each given an empty plywood box, 30cm by 30cm, and a free rein to design a fantasy room.  The completed boxes were then slotted together to make the ‘Dream House’.  The exhibition will be open at the Museum of Childhood in London until September 2015, after which it will go on tour around the world, stopping in Finland, the USA and ending up in the Czech Republic!

                                                              Work in Progress (c) Jessica Hayman

                                                              Work in Progress (c) Jessica Hayman

How did you come up with the concept of your design?
My philosophy is that, when it comes to print and pattern, more is more!  So I decided to go to town with a bedroom filled with lots of patterned textiles.  I had small scale versions of my designs digitally printed and had fun making tiny homewares, including a flamingo print duvet and a pineapple print lampshade.  I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to interiors and mix up pieces from different eras so the room reflects that, with a midcentury side table and an art nouveau fireplace as well as more contemporary touches.  So that the room had some personal details, I commissioned my seven year old, Rosa, to draw some tiny family portraits and reproduced miniature versions of some old family photographs.

Dolls house work in progress - mini books
                                                             Work in Progress (c) Jessica Hayman

                                                             Work in Progress (c) Jessica Hayman

How did you get involved with the V&A Museum of Childhood?
I’m a member of Designers/Makers, an agency which supports freelance designers.  The Museum of Childhood gave D/M members the chance to submit a concept for a dream room.  When I was little, I spent many a happy hour playing with my dolls’ house and making random little bits for it, so I jumped at the opportunity to submit and was lucky enough to be selected.

                                                    More is More by Rosa & Clara Designs. Image (c)                                                                                                      V&A Museum, London

                                                    More is More by Rosa & Clara Designs. Image (c)                                                                                                      V&A Museum, London

About Rosa & Clara Designs
Rosa & Clara Designs create homewares and gifts featuring cheerful, illustrative patterns.  From pineapple print lampshades to flamingo covered wash bags, everything is designed to bring some colour and cheer into your home.  Rosa & Clara Designs was set up by Jessica Hayman, a former lawyer who decided to return to her first love, design. Check out her web shop www.rosaandclaradesigns.co.uk and keep up to date Rosa & Clara Designs news on: 

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                                                                 Jessica at work (c) Jessica Hayman

                                                                 Jessica at work (c) Jessica Hayman


Article by Diana from Pygmy Cloud