Saturday, March 7, 2009

Barbie's Malibu Dream House, For Real!

UPDATE The L.A. Times has a story and photos from the Barbie party. Also, the designer's name is Jonathan Adler, not Ken. That would have been too perfect.

A California decorator has dolled up a 3,500-square-foot Malibu mansion to resemble a real-life Barbie Dream Home.
Toymaker Mattel commissioned the house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as part of the festivities marking the preternaturally perfect plaything's 50th birthday.
Designer Ken Adler told the Associated Press he went for "glamorous, kittenish, chic, colorful and happy". That translated into pink, pink and more pink with the stylized "B" monogram throughout. Among the highlights, a $200,000 Andy Warhol portrait and a chandelier made up of 30 blonde wigs.(Sounds like a fire hazard to me.)
The kitchen is stocked with cupcake-making ingredients, while the walk-in closet has 50 pairs of peep-toed heels.
Where do you suppose Ken hangs his safari suits if Barbie's filling the closets with impractical shoes? Oh, that's right, Barbie and Ken broke up on Valentine's Day, 2004, after dating for more than 43 years. (In my mind, I can hear Beyoncé singing Single Ladies: "Ken, if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it. Oh-oh-oh!")
The Dream Home will be the site of swanky party on Monday - all the plastic people will be there. The decor will then be shipped to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, where Barbiephiles will be able to book a stay in a Barbie-themed suite.
The picture above shows the original 1960 Barbie Dream Home. I can't seem to make the link for the AP story work, but you can Google it.


  1. So is it just me, or is the fact that the designer's name is Ken a mere coincendence?

  2. Hey Avra,

    A good question, indeed! No mention of whethere his knees or elbows bend, either. Hmmm.


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