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Perfection in Miniature Awards (PIMA)

The Kensington Dollshouse Festival Summer Show is delighted to be hosting the first ever 'Perfection in Miniatures Awards'

Ahmed al Thani, a regular visitor to KDF, approached us this year, as he was interested in offering a challenge to the exhibitors of the Festival - 'reach for perfection'.

So we set up the PIMA's (Perfection in Miniature Awards) & for the first time, there will be a competition for KDF Exhibitors to enter, which, we hope will showcase the incredible work at the Festival & highlight the talents of all our unique craftsmen. With the help of Ahmed, this competition will be an annual event which offers the miniaturists who exhibit at KDF a rare opportunity to push themselves to reach the goal of perfection in miniature.

We are looking for miniatures of exceptional quality, completely handmade & unique. The miniature entered could be a doll, a piece of furniture, a miniature made from silver, glass, wood, china etc, or a small scene or even dolls house.

Judges will be looking for:

1: A high level of skill in the discipline you have chosen (woodwork, metalwork, doll making etc)
2: Exceptional detail in scale & proportion.
3: Good use of materials.
4: Imaginative, unique ideas & designs.
5: Craftsmen who push their work to a higher level than previously achieved.

Judges will be announced prior to the Festival & winners will be announced at a special event after the close of the show on May 15th.

This competition is only open to KDF Exhibitors & all entries will be displayed at the Summer Show.




Masterclass videos

KDF documentary

View our short documentary about the charming world of the dollshouse makers.


Masterclass 7 - Tarbena

KDF talks to Barbara and Alan Barnes of Tarbena. Click below to watch a short film.



KDF Cup Winner 2014
Mulvany & Rogers

Visitors to our Summer Show will not have missed the superb Parisian Haute Couture Boutique made by Mulvany & Rogers for a Private Collection. It was not a surprise to anyone at the show that Mulvany & Rogers were chosen to receive the KDF Cup which is presented each year to the most outstanding stand at the show. Here are some pictures of their amazing boutique store.

Exterior of the Paris Boutique


Handbag dept


   Welcome to the
  Dollshouse Festival

Established in 1985, The Kensington Dollshouse Festival has become the leading event for craftsmen & miniatures enthusiasts to get together & enjoy their obsession

With over 170 of the top dolls house & miniature makers from around the globe attending, you will find everything you need for your dolls house, model or project.

You will see an awe-inspiring array of miniatures, and have the chance to talk to the super-talented artisans who create them, some who have been specialising in miniatures for over 30 years.

This is not just an exhibition for collectors, it is a day out for everyone, of all ages, to be amazed by the imagination & attention to detail that these craftsmen produce.


Main picture: Marie France Beglan

KDF Cup 2014 - Runners up

Aidan Campbell Miniatures
Aidan is a fantastic artist - he always has such a varied stand of oil paintings, sculptures & other one off items.

Andrea Thieck Miniatures
Andrea always has the unusual items that no one else makes. She has a knack of selecting nostalgic items from our childhood & creating them in miniature.

Aidan Campbell at his stand

Pictures on his stand

Andrea Theick's stand at the Summer KDF

Andrea even had a tiny bag of 1:12 scale Lego on her stand