The House of Miffy

Furniture design for The House of Miffy
Furniture design for The House of Miffy

Designers Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen have built a new house for Miffy with a kitchen, bedroom, a reading area, a hobby table and a garden. The house is filled with drawings, books, posters and other things designed by Dick Bruna, Miffy’s creator. Bruna has designed scores of book covers, including the famous Black Bears series of pocket books by the Dutch publisher A.W. Bruna in the 1950s and later. Bruna has also designed posters and other advertising materials, often for good causes such as campaigns to get people to wash their hands after going to the toilet.

Bruna uses simple forms and bright colours. A few lines are enough to suggest whether a figure is happy, angry or sad. Utrecht-based designers Remy & Veenhuizen have been inspired by the work of Dick Bruna and have built Miffy’s new house as a life-size diorama with cartoon-style furniture and sets that represent the kitchen, the mantelpiece and the garden. The designers are well-known for their playful work, often made from found materials. Using unusual techniques and materials, they transform second-hand objects into surprising and imaginative designs. The Centraal Museum has collected their designs since the 1990s. Some of their work can be seen in the collections displays in the main building across the road. 

'The House of Miffy' is the sequel of 'Miffy in Fashion' in a series of five exhibitions in the dick bruna huis, that are linked to the Centraal Museum’s five sub-collections. The exhibition showcases a new concept for Miffy's home, with a modern-day interior and design.

Miffy's house
Miffy's house

Photo: Ernst Moritz

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