lördag 21 oktober 2017

A history of Lundby bedroom furniture

Since I started collecting dollhouses, I've always been looking for more information about Lundby's furniture. There's lots of knowledge online, but so far I haven't found any compiled information about beds. This is my attempt of creating an online resource for anyone who might also be interested in learning more about their Lundby beds. I hope you find it fun to read and that you learn something along the way. 

I've chosen to focus primarily on the beds in this summary. Sometimes - but not always - there are also nightstands, make-up tables, stools, wardrobes, chairs, curtains and other items included. 

I've chosen to start this summary in the early 1970's, when Lundby renewed many items in their dollhouse furniture collection, including bedrooms. I've decided to not present the beds in full chronological order, since it's also interesting to see how a model is evolved and/or retired. I've also included some photos and cropped images from old catalogues, since it's interesting to compare the catalogue versions to the finished product. 

If you have any additional information or find something that is wrong in my descriptions, please let me know. This is a work in progress, so if you have any information or pictures that you want to add, it would make my day!


Let's start with the oldest set that I'm including in this post. This bedroom set was introduced in the late 1960's. It was the first more modern looking bedroom that I could find. It included a bed and a wardrobe, but no nightstand.

In the 1972 catalogue you can find some minor changes to the set. It now includes nightstands and has a different bedding. I don't think that the bedframe changed. That's probably just an early catalogue version. 

In 1973 this set gets a sibling: the Blue Heaven set. The first version of this set included a bed, wardrobe and nightstand. They have a different colour/pattern than the one above, but the parts and design are the same. 

There is also a German version of this set. It has a gold frame (not green) around the pattern on the bed and wardrobe. The design of the wardrobe is the older version, so I assume that this was also produced in the early 1970's.

Img: Paige Baird. Used with permission. 

1977 brings us an updated version of the Blue Heaven set. It now includes a newer wardrobe (not included in second photo), make-up table, stool, chair + a new version of the nightstand. 

We're moving forward in time to1981, and another version of this bedroom. This one is called "Classic". Notice that it has the same items as the two previous sets, but in another colour. 

This bedroom was also produced in a more rare version for the Manor dollhouse in 1981/82. The Manor bedroom has a different bedding and pattern on the make-up table. 

The last set in this series shows up in 1983. It includes a bed, nightstands, a wardrobe, make-up table, stool, chair and curtains (not in picture). All of the parts - except the curtain - are the same design as the previous sets. In one catalogue it's named "White dream". 

Now we're moving back in history to find another range. 1971 gave us one new, modern item on the bedroom horizon. The first version of the Scandinavia bed arrived! We also got a tripod stool along with it. 

There are small differences between the catalogue version and the item produced 
- the clock, books and painting are different.  

The Scandinavia bed is updated in 1974. It's now also called "New Scandinavia". It has a new bedding, but the rest of the bed is the same as the previous model. 

1975 brings another updated New Scandinavia set. It has a different pattern on the bedding, and a new headboard. 

The last version of this bed came out a little bit later, in 1983. So all in all there were four versions of this bed. It's the first bed I can find that has matching curtains - something that's more common a few years later. 

Back in time again! 1972 was a big year of change. Lots of new furniture was introduced, and older items were discontinued. This is also the first time we see a very popular bed in the catalogue: the White dream bedroom set. The first picture is probably a catalogue only version - the second is the more familiar item. 

There is another simliar bed with cardboard bedding. Yes, you read that right. A theory is that this was the earliest prototype of the White dream bed, and that it was sold in the early 1970's. But I'm not sure. 

This set gets a make-over in 1977. It's now called Nocturne, and includes a make-up table with stool and the new nightstand, along with new (really cool!) bedding. 

The next year, 1978, brings an updated version of the Nocturne set. The beds are now yellow, and it has different bedding. 

There is also a red version of this bed. It's never shown in any of the catalogues, but there are some ads (first one from 1976) where you can see it. The make-up table and nightstand are an older version, which fits with the timeline - the newer version of both items came in 1977. 

The set was also produced with another bedding - the floral pattern from the Nocturne set. 

The white bed was also used in the Manor range, 1981-82. It has a bedding that's unique to the Manor range, but you probably recognize the pattern from the third New Scandinavia bed that we just saw.

There was also a very rare item produced for the Lundby apartments in 1982. It's this bed and make-up table. (The green chair is from the kitchen set). The bed is more light yellow than the ones we've seen in the Nocturne set. 

(Img: Paige Baird. Used with permission)

... and for several years, that seemed to be the end of this production line. But it wasn't. We're taking a huge leap in time to 1993. It's a comeback for the old bed that was first produced in 1972 - that's more than 20 years. It comes with a nightstand that was common in the 1990's and new bedding, but the model of the bed is - as far as I can tell - still the same. 

There is another version of this bed that I can't find in the catalogue, but I assume it's from this time (later production) since it has a foam mattress. And that concludes the chapter of these beds. 

Let's move on to another range: the bunk beds. Lundby started making special bedrooms for children, and released two version of this set in 1972.

The first set was discontinued quite quickly (just produced for a year or two). The second set was updated in the 1974 catalogue, and given the table from the first version. The red ladder has also been removed.

There's also a single bed version of this bunk bed, only shown in an ad from 1978 (the same ad as the red Nocturne bed). 

This bunk bed is not shown in any of the catalogues, but since it has a ladder I assume that it's from the early 1970's 

The children's bedroom gets a make-over in 1977. New bedding, and new table and chairs. Note: The pillows seem to have patterns in the catalogue. I've never seen them, and in the 1979 catalogue the set has plain white pillows and same set number. Not sure if that's a catalogue item only. 

In the 1982/83 catalogue, we find a new heart pattern on the bedding, and some unique additional furniture. 

There is another version of the bedding that I haven't found in any of the catalogues, but I'm sure that it's Lundby original. Since the bed has red bedposts, I assume that it was produced in the late 1970's or early 1980's. 

The next version of the bedding is found very soon after this, in 1983. This is also the first version with wood coloured bedposts instead of red ones. 

There is also a new version in 1985 with new bedding but the same additional furniture as the set from 1983. The bedding has wild strawberry pattern. 

The next version is from 1989/90 (the cataloge at Peppes is wrongly dated to 1985). 

The last version of the classic bunk bed I can find in the catalogue comes from 1993. It's this one: 

(Img: Ewa Andrésen) 

Note: The catalogue version has pink pillows - I think that's correct. 

I also have this version. The bedding is not exactly the same as the one in the catalogue, but it's original. 

Before we leave the bunk beds, I have three more version not shown in catalogues. Date unknown. The third one is probably quite late, since the pink flower fabric used for the bedding is also used for another bed and curtain in the 1990's.

(img: Liselotte Bergner Stevanovic. Used with permission)

Alright, let's move on. We're now in the year 1981 in this very confusing timeline. This one doesn't have a star (meaning new), so I presume it's from 1980. Does it look familiar? It's the "Nocturne" but with an added wardrobe. The beds are also another version - the old style from late 1960's, and I'm very confused as to why it's showing up again. I'm just leaving this here. 

The next bed is a bunk bed. Yes, I know I said that we were done with the classic version, and we are. This is a unique bunk bed version that was only produced very briefly. It isn't marked as new, so I assume it's from 1982.

There are two odd bedrooms in the 1982/83 catalogue: The bunk bed above, and this one. It's from the Lundbynette range. 

We also have a new double bed in the 1983 catalogue. Pine beds are coming on strong this year! It's called "Kiefer" in the German catalogue. (The nightstands have a different design in the german version).

The Kiefer beds were also produced as twin beds the same year: 

Lundby made both a dollhouse and furniture for younger kids called "Rainbow" in 1984/85. These are the two versions of the bedroom from that range. 

The last attempt to make a dollhouse especially for young children came in 1988 with the "Play and learn" -house. It came with a three piece bedroom: Yellow bed, red nightstand and blue wardrobe. 

It's 1985, and big things are happening in the world of Lundby bedroom furniture. Here are four new beds that were launched this year. The glamour of the1980's is hitting the Lundby range with a bang :)

The white bunk bed was also the foundations to the updated bunk bed with lots of pink and laces from 1989. 

Big time princess warning on the next set! It's from 1988, and has several new pieces. There's a bed with awning, rug, dressing room screen, white light and wardrobes.... but no nightstand, strangely enough. 

Around 1989/90, Lundby launched a set of furniture called "Starter". This is the bed from that set. It's very similar (but not identical to)  the princess set from 1988, but with sticker/without the awning. It now also has nightstands, and (seen in third picture) make-up table and wardrobe. 

Here's a comparison between the two beds. The starter bed is higher and has a headboard.

Pine beds were a big thing in the Lundby world in the late 80's and early 90's. In the 1989 catalogue we can find this one:

There are at least two other versions of the bedding for this bed:

This bed has a matching couch and armchair: 

If you look more closely, the headboard of this set has a carved pattern. There is also a version with flat headboard. This is not shown in any of the known catalogues, but I assume that this was produced around the same time. 

Did anyone notice that the last few beds have the same fabric on the bedding? Seems like a very popular choice. There's also a matching curtain: 

Now let's go back to 1987. I think it's some kind of fluffy ballerina bed. The nightstands are a new model that we haven't seen before. The second picture shows a bedroom starter set, including (among other things) a new make-up table. You also have a wardrobe - same model as the princess bed from 1988, but wood colour.

The frame of this bed is mainly the same one as this bed from 1989. This bed has gold knobs on the bed and nightstands. 

I have a version of this bed that seems to be a mix between the two: the bed from the first, and the bedding from the second, plus the wardrobe.Or perhaps it was also sold like this?

There's a sequel to this set in 1989. The set includes a bed and a rare make-up table, only seen once before (with the set above), but then in light wood colour. Anyone remember the pink bedding? 

img: Petra Verboom van Velzen)

The frame of this next bed - without the mirror - seems to be the same as the one from the exclusive set. It was also produced in darker wood and in white for two other bedroom sets in the early 1990's. The wood version is from 1990, the white from 1991 or 1992. You can also see that the nightstands are different.

Matching furniture set: 

...and the matching furniture for this one: 

The frame of this bed is used for several other beds in the next few years. This one is from the 1993 catalogue: 

In 1997 there is this version with new bedding: 

This bed is not shown in catalogues, but I assume that it's from the 1990's. 

And here's the corresponding furniture: 

In 1999 the bedding looks like this. The nightstands are a newer version. There's also a matching curtain.

In 2002 we get yet another new version of this bed, this time with green and yellow bedding. 

Last one out is from 2005, so it's part of the new Lundby Småland range. 

This bed is very similar to the version from 2003, but there are some subtle differences. One is the nightstands. The other one is the bedding. You can see it more clearly if you compare these pictures: 

I'm guessing that some readers (those who had the time and interest to get this far!) might be missing a special range of beds. You are right but no, it's not forgotten. Here it is! 

The Lundby "Rose" bedroom set was first introduced way back in 1981. It included a bed, make-up table and a chair. 

Two years later, in 1983, there was another version released. It's the same bed, but with two nightstands and a wardrobe. If you look closely, the wardrobe is the same shape as the ones in the Blue heaven and Classic/Manor sets. The earlier versions of the wardrobe and bedding are a paler shade of pink than the later versions. 

There are some minor updates to these sets in 1987. The mattress is now white. The telephones you can see in the catalogue pictures were also attached to the nightstands/make-up tables. 

Here's a comparison between the first two versions of the Lundby Rose bed: 

The next update comes around 1989/90. (There is a catalogue from 1985 online, but if you look at all the other items, the date is clearly wrong). The Rose bedroom gets another make-over. This time it's a new wardrobe. It's the same model as the one from the princess bedroom in 1987, but with a pattern that matches this bedding. 

Around the same time - my best guess is 1990 - the whole set gets an interesting make-over. It now has a darker pink wardrobe, new bedding and a new make-up table and stool.

There is also a chair and a make-up table with gold knob to this set. It's also a brighter shade of white. I haven't seen this in any of the online catalogues. 

Lundby Rose gets another update in 1997. This time the bedding changes. It's now a darker shade of pink. 

There are also other versions of the bedding in pink. These three are probably original Lundby, and I'm guessing 1990's or early 2000's.

Several of these beds also have matching curtains. Here's three of them: 

But wait - there's more :) In the 1990's, Lundby made at least two versions of this bed in white. The first one is from the 1993 catalogue. Both of them has the typical 1990's nightstand. 

There was also another white version in 1997. with floral pattern on the bedding. 

New millennium, and we're... going back to the first version of the bed, with brass/gold frame :)  Okay, the first one here is from 1999, but we're close to a new millennium. This one, like a lot of other beds from this time period, has matching curtains. 

This version of the bedding is not shown in the catalogues, but it's very similar to the one above, so I assume that it was produced around the same time. 

This bedding is from the 2000 catalogue. It has matching curtains as well.

Another version of the set with new bedding, from 2002. 

The last version of the Rose bedroom can be found in the 2005 Lundby Småland range. This means that the bed was produced for at least 24 years, which I think is the most long lived bed in the entire Lundby bedroom history. 

So is there anything left? Yes there is - we're not done yet.

Lundby released a new version of pine beds in 1999. This one has green floral pattern bedding, curtains and new nightstands.  

And this version with red floral bedding is from the 2002 catalogue. 

I'm not 100% sure, but I think that this is the matching curtain to the set above. It's from the same time period, and it has the same white/red striped pattern as the pillow and mattress. 

We also have a totally new and unique bed that was only made for a few years. It's listed as a "teenager bed". There is also a nightstand and a make-up table. First seen in the catalogue from 2000.

The younger children also get a new bedroom. The first version of this bed - red with blue/red/yellow bedding, not seen in any know catalogues - came out in the late 1990's. 

An updated version with different bedding - checkered pattern - came in the 1999 catalogue. 

This version was replaced in 2005, when this bunk bed in blue with new bedding came on the market. It was produced until 2008. 

There are two more bunk beds - and loft beds - from this time. First this one. It's the Lundby Småland bunk bed that replaced the blue bed in 2009. An earlier version of this bed had a rectangular rug. 

There is also a loft bed, with two slightly different versions. Here's both of them. The second one has much more accessories. 

Lundby did a big remake in 2005. The new Stockholm and Småland range was released, and along with it came new furniture, including beds. Here's the first Stockholm bed, produced between 2005-2009.

In 2010, the Stockholm range gets a makeover. Here's the new bed from that set, produced 2010-2016:

2011 gives us two new bedroom sets for the Småland house. The first one is a brass bed with unique nightstands. 

This is the second one, only produced between 2011-2012. As far as I can tell, this is the last wooden bed that Lundby produced. In 2013 an updated version with different nightstands and a plastic bedframe was produced. The bedding is the same.

In 2017 Lundby launched two ranges of furniture, presumably aimed at the younger market. The first one is the DIY-series of furniture that you can paint yourself. This is the bedroom from the DIY-range. 

Here is the bed from the Lundby Basic range, along with the updated version from 2020. 

In 2018 Lundby gave us a new double bed with velvet headboard: 

We also got an updated teenage room in 2019. 

I guess that's about it for now. I'm very well aware that there are several other versions and models of the Lundby beds out there, especially older ones. But this has at least been an attempt to list some of the more common items on the market during the last 50 years or so. 
I hope you've enjoyed reading this!