60 Years of Barbie Architecture: When Popular Culture Meets Design

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Barbie, introduced by Mattel in 1959, revolutionized the toy industry and became a cultural icon. The first Barbie Dollhouse was created three years later, reflecting her daily life. Throughout the past 60 years, Barbie Dreamhouses have evolved, representing architectural and design trends of each era. The early 1960s showcased Mid-century Modernism and Ranch Style Homes, influenced by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Midcentury Modernism emphasized simplicity and indoor-outdoor integration, while Ranch Style Homes featured open layouts and casual living styles. These dollhouses are a unique blend of history, politics, culture, and design, mirroring the architectural trends of their time.

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