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MAKE’s and FAT’s accessible dolls’ houses to make London Design Festival debut

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A raft of accessible dolls’ houses designed by star architects are to be unveiled during the London Design Festival (LDF) this month

The disability-aware miniature dwellings by Make, FAT with artist Grayson Perry, Coffey, Dexter Moren, and Guy Hollaway with Hemingway Design will feature in the Domus West One showroom (23-25 Eastcastle Street) from 14 to 21 September.

Developer Cathedral Group has signed up a 20-strong squad of star UK architects to design the one-off miniature structures which are expected to contribute towards raising £100,000 for disabled children’s charity KIDS.

The remaining structures – designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye – will be unveiled ahead of an 11 November fundraising auction at Bonhams.

Launching the project in May, Cathedral Group creative director Martyn Evans said: ‘Three members of our staff have children with disabilities. One was recently helped by KIDS so we’re raising £100,000 for them and decided to work with architects on a project inspired by Edwin Lutyens’ 1924 dolls house for Queen Mary.’

More than 1,500 artists, designers and craftspeople contributed to Lutyen’s 4.5-tonne display, which the venerable architect described as ‘a flagship of endeavour to ease the nation’s woes’.

In the same spirit, Evans has challenged the 20 architects to work with their own artist, designer, and furniture-maker collaborators to make the end products ‘even more special’.

Each dolls house – suitable for a 750mm x 750mm plinth – will also include one unique feature to make life easier for a child with a disability. All contributions are to be designed and manufactured at the practices’ own cost.

Development Securities, Domus, Marley Eternit and Alno are backing the project with the AJ as media partner.

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