Faculty member Alyson Beaton, Lille Huset kickstarter project
Faculty member Alyson Beaton, Lille Huset kickstarter project

What started as an idea just grew and grew…

Alyson Beaton created her first “Lille Huset | Little House” back in 2008 when she was wanting to create a hands on play house that her kids could build and make their own with the goal of opening their minds to the possibility of design through hands on play with a classic archetype a “little house.” Along with that she wanted to create an imaginary place for kids to explore the idea of home and neighborhood, having lived in a city and seeing all of the interesting homes all around with different people living in all of them with a unique story to tell. With her appreciation for architecture and design she wanted to create a product where you as the user can make it completely unique, telling your own story. She came up with the idea and created many working prototypes over the course of three years, testing the product with kids. She developed the story around the product line when she first introduced it on Kickstarter in 2012.

Lille huset is about a little house in a little neighborhood in a big city… it is for you to take and make your own, telling the story of your own little house.

When she exceeded her funding goal, she was officially in business. This is when the really hard work began, she searched all over to find the best USA manufacturing partner and after a year of ups and downs and learning from mistakes she found the perfect fit and has worked with them ever since. She also didn’t want to simply create a product she also wrote an entire narrative around the product line that you can find here on our site. She hired illustrator, Rachel Coulter to create her very first “lille friends & pets” and has had many collaborators over the years. Her product line has inspired new games and products also celebrating her theme of little neighborhoods all over the world. She is the CEO and creative behind the company and is headquartered in a little bungalow office in East Austin.

We have been so fortunate over the years to have many nice things said about our line

“Trendiest New Toy” by Chicago Magazine 2014




me-profileAlyson Beaton is an inter-disciplinary designer/maker and entrepreneur who has been practicing since 1997. She received her BED (undergraduate architecture) from Texas A&M University and went on to receive her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focusing on Visual Communications. She draws inspiration from the world around her. She often finds herself lost in her own imagination as she walks through a magical narrative a previous generation built. Her houses and products are directly inspired by her life and experiences and has launched many projects and businesses over the years.

Over the years on top of starting several creative businesses she has also been a design professor. In her work she experiments with material and creates projects that follow her life and often involve the user to interact with each project.  She launched her line of architectural paper little houses in 2012 on kickstarter and her entrepreneurial venture continued. After putting herself in the shoes of a small start up businesses she has gained knowledge about starting a creative business and bringing a product to market. She collaborates with her husband Matt on many projects including several home renovations.






Lille Huset over the years: