• 03.23.11

Modernist Playhouses for Chic Little Kids: Only $12K!

Because you’re never too young for the finer things in life.

When architect David Lamolla Kristiansen’s first daughter was born, he vowed to dedicate his time to creating a special place “just for her” where “she could discover and develop without the direct intervention of her parents.” The result, SmartPlayhouse, is a clutch of tres chic, modernist playhouses that are great for kids alright — and even better for their design-obsessed parents.


Let’s clarify: their rich design-obsessed parents. The playhouses shown here — one’s inspired by the famed Mikimoto building in Tokyo, by Toyo Ito, the other’s a Mies van der Rohe-esque homage to mid-century modernism — cost $3,400 and $12,000 respectively… starting! Extras like curtains, lighting, foundations, and even a door lock and key can tack on another $1,800. For that kind of money, you could buy your kid an entire neighborhood in Detroit.

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.