LAist visits Barbie's full-size Malibu house


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Julie says: "The house is pretty fun, but the chandelier very very odd."

In honor of Barbie's 50th Birthday yesterday, locally based Mattel revealed the famous ultimate California blonde's Malibu Dream House along with the new version of Barbie. The 3,500 square foot house in Malibu was designed by “Happy Chic” interior designer Jonathan Adler and features a chandelier made of Barbie hair, a closet filled with thousands of shoes and a sunburst mirror made from 65 Barbie dolls.
Barbie's full-size Malibu house


  1. The Chris March hair-chandeliers are kooky and fun. The Barbie printed fabric is just not well done and looks like a dumpy Lisa Frank fabric. it could be more fabulous.
    the rest of the space is cute, despite half of it being from Jonathan Adler’s store. I guess he thinks of himself as the ideal Barbie girl.

  2. Cool, but I feel like he missed the point a bit. Everything in a Barbie world is pink, but different shades of it; and you rarely ever ever see red.

    Also, why doesn’t the new swimsuit Barbie come in brunette? The original Barbie did!

  3. I think it’s very “American Psycho Barbie”, all the blond hair on the chandeliers and the many pairs of identical pink shoes give off a weird serial killer vibe.

  4. “chandelier made of Barbie hair” = amazingly creepy. What’s that Japanese Hair Fetish called again? It’s THAT. That’s what it is.

    and amazingly creepy.

  5. Ian70: You must have missed Project Runway. The person who made the Barbie hair chandeliers, Chris March, had made an entire collection that used human hair as a trim, like fur or feathers. After seeing him combing a skirt (which definitely made me gag), the chandeliers don’t bother me at all. They’re even really cute, IMO. :)

  6. In these tough economic times, it’s good to know that Barbie is still having fun!

  7. a costume theme party setting with the appropriate recreational pharmaceuticals? And the band?

  8. I’ve always found ‘Malibu Stacey‘ slightly more attractive than ‘Barbie’. But, there was that thing with ‘Joe’ and his ‘kung-fu’ grip…

  9. Wow, Barbie lives in a po-mo pop art brothel! I always suspected Ken wasn’t her “boyfriend”, but…

    And I agree, LB, that there isn’t nearly enough pink… the red is just not Barbie at all!

  10. The designer is clearly not a Barbie fan. This does not in any way look like a Malibu Barbie house. Colors are so over the top and wtf is up with a chandelier made up of Barbie hair?

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