|La Cuisine where Julien likes to whip up delicious pâtisseries.|
While riffling through an article in a French magazine about Christmas present ideas, I was fascinated to discover the Cubic Maison, a hip, modern dollhouse featuring French families complete with their individual back stories.
|One of the houses.|
The houses and the accoutrements that fill them are designed by Djeco, a 60-year-old French company dedicated to making creative, well-constructed, educational toys. I would love to play with one of the houses and invent stories for the families who live within them. Wouldn’t you?
|La famille de Thomas et Marion.|
Thomas and Marion are the children of Julien and Sophie. We are told in the mini histoire that accompanies their “lives” that though Julien works very hard, he also loves to cook and makes delicious pastries. Meanwhile, Sophie is passionate about flea markets and decorating. From those few details, children independently or with the assistance of their parents are on their own. They are supposed to continue the family’s story, inventing situations and interests to make the characters come alive.
|La famille de Milo et Lila.|
|La famille de Gaspard et Romy.|
Same thing for the other two families in the collection: Milo and Lila and their parents and Gaspard and Romy and their parents.
An interesting detail, all the parents are holding hands. I’ve noticed when I’m in Paris that couples of every age — from those in their 80s to those in their teens — are almost always strolling hand-in-hand.