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In Pursuit of New 'Dream' Digs, Barbie Enlists Designer Help

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And the marketing masterminds for Mattel's Barbie brand are at it again: the dust has hardly settled from the grand opening of the world's first life-sized dream house, and it's totally unclear if the famed Malibu denizen has found a buyer for her long-time mansion, which she "listed" for whopping $25M in February, but Barbie's people are already recruiting decorators and designers to help create her next palace—presumably with veto power from Architect Barbie. On the "Dream Team" of famed decorating "advisors": interior designer Celerie Kemble, textile designer Lulu deKwiatkowski, and fashion designer Trina Turk.

First up: Celerie Kemble's thoughts for a Manhattan pied-à-terre (above), outfitted with seating, étagères, tables, and lamps of her own design, plus a smattering of finds from luxury online marketplace 1stDibs, including Kelly Wearstler's goat fur 'Malibu' chair. "Barbie is a strong, independent woman. She belongs in New York!" Kemble told the New York Post. "She'll entertain in style with the power players of New York ... It's a place for her to meet with great minds"—obviously important or a person with well over 135 different careers.

? New York-based textile designer Lulu deKwiatkowski thinks Barbie is more suited to a richly colored, indoor-outdoor lifestyle, recommending the plastic doll move to India and soup up her place with vibrant fabrics and floral walls.

? California native and clothing designer Trina Turk, who seems to design for girls who are perpetually on vacation, wants Barbie to stay in Southern California, preferably poolside, amid a curtained cabana and pops of salmon and turquoise. The "location" and look of Barbie's next Dreamhouse—which probably won't be anything like the modernist number architects Ting Li and Maja Paklar dreamed up for 2011's American Institute of Architects Barbie Dream House contest—will be announced later this summer.

· All Barbie coverage [Curbed National]