Limited Edition Design Dolls by Olivia Lee



Limited Edition Design Dolls is a series of three figurines of famous designers, featuring Zaha Hadid (above), Jaime Hayon (below) and Karim Rashid.


They are created by Olivia Lee, who graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London this month.


The series comes from the observation that "today, designer personalities are quite literally become synonymous with the objects they design."


Here's some text from Lee:


'Limited Edition Design Dolls' is the graduating project of Olivia Lee a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It came from the observation that increasingly today, designer personalities are quite literally become synonymous with the objects they design.


In studying the visual characteristics and distinct personalities of the designers as well as their products, I wondered what would happen if I merge these two entities together.


What would happen if the designer became a product? How would that differ from the designer being closely associated with the product? Would the designers appreciate such a project? And what implications would their varied reactions have in relation to the culture of design?


The project started of as quite an introspective one and was born when I realised that I had a very well-organised collection of brochures and material from design festivals, I had massive collection of photographs of pure furniture and I faithfully attended design lectures as well as I could. I started to wonder if maybe I was a little weird, obsessive and if other people like me existed.


The process involved carefully studying the aesthetics of the designer's work as well as their public persona. What is interesting is that without having to consult them, I only needed a search engine and the College library to do my research which goes to show how accessible their personalities and work are.


The most challenging aspect of executing these figures was finding the right balance between the figurative caricature of the designers and the references to their objects. But it was also very fun finding the links, for example between Zaha Hadid's FLOW vases and her love for
weary Issey Miyake coats and black dresses.


The project welcomes all discussion, opinions and feedback which was its ultimate aim and hopes that the designers will take it in good sport.



Posted on Wednesday June 25th 2008 at 11:41 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jinx

    I like the scetch of Zaha. Dolls? How much are they? Maybe someone do a cartoon with them..

  • F

    GREG . ORG .

    fyi: Zaha HAS a sense of humour .if you ever spoke to her you would not judge so quickly.

  • Beauty and the Beast (ZAHA)

  • julius von waldstein

    Khashayar Naimanan did designer dolls back in 2001:

  • Julius Von Waldstein, that comment was about as useful as suggesting that the chair has been done before. I think you’re being a little short sighted. I’ve had Ron Arad himself show that piece to me (as has anyone who’s been to a recent design products RCA open day) and you must be blind if you can not see the difference – Naimanan’s doll is an actual physical representation of Arad and is designed to look like him, Wheras Lee’s dolls are physical representations of the designers made to look like the objects that these designers design. It’s a social commentary that has been lost on many…as I said before, the cult of the celebrity designer…

  • rolly


  • edward

    56 comments on some dolls by a student. Is Dezeen a serious forum?

  • italiennefille

    I don’t see a problem with talking about the design of dolls, but THESE, now these are stupid. Why does this take design and turn it into a cheap looking plastic toy?

  • b+b


  • zuy

    edward Says: 56 comments on some dolls by a student. Is Dezeen a serious forum?

    question :is design serious?
    This young designer forgets the top of the design stars ego system Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders Why? Is the young designer afraid of Starck’s guns or may be he will be candadidate in next BBC TV realities…

  • zuy
  • nope – I’ll get into trouble

    Hi all,

    sorry I just wanted to get myself on this gargantuan comments list.


  • zuy
  • ı like pink rasit!

  • Just cool! Karim Rashid is really amazing!!! I’d like to see Jean Nouvel…

  • must have this

  • Where is Olivia in all those comments ?
    Olivia: Why have you done those dolls so cute ?
    When i think about zaha, i imagine her more as a tyranic, anxious and egomaniac person. Maybe i am wrong but this doll made me re-think my perception. Maybe she is not what i think she is. This doll brings sweetness in her image. Was that conscious as well Olivia ?

  • Zaha is a bit too cute, but Karim couldn’t have been any more to the point!
    Thumbs up!

  • Najah al saffaf

    seriously , how to order ??

  • Jean Nouvel has already been done…