Thursday, October 15, 2009

Modern Miniatures

Happy Thursday, everyone! This past week, I collected the above images while browsing blogland. Miniatures have always intrigued me -- the furniture, the accessories and the spaces that house them. I wondered what was out there...I've seen this Villa Sibi doll house before, and I love it (and want it) as a pure piece of art. Hoping to see more like this, I poked around a bit. I delved further into the modern miniatures people are creating, and I was floored!! Please look with me...
First is the work of Paris Renfroe of PRD Design...These are PRD's M112 Pods, 1:12 scale models of shipping containers, which have been outfitted (as is currently being done with life-sized containers) for very small, very cool human habitation. Renfroe's fantastic pods and his miniature (and life-sized) furniture are for purchase here.
Next is the work of Lena Dragon of Dragon Dee. She is an industrial designer, creating miniatures as a hobby...I am awed by the beautiful, intricate detail in these pieces of furniture! Dragon Dee's current pieces are for sale in her Etsy shop.
I am also charmed by the work of Doris Nathanson of Mini Modernistas, who creates furniture and accessories, like lighting...and this miniature Eames-like wall rack, currently for sale here on Ebay.
Below are the photos of two miniature interior designers. These inspired women are doll house and miniature collectors, whose work incorporates some of the pieces we've seen above. I love their creations and how they've photographed them. First, we have Petite Nouveau, who is currently working on a Kaleidoscope House. It's hard to believe these are 1:12 scale. I love this close up of the dining table with its tray centerpiece and the sofa and telescope behind. The bedroom is lovely, especially the dresser, magazine rack and the texture on the bedspread.
And finally, we see the work of Call of the Small, a mother of three and miniature enthusiast in New Jersey...Look at that tweedy chair with the books! Aren't these rooms amazing, and fun? I can see how one becomes passionate about creating spaces as beautiful as these. Many thanks to the artists who make the pieces, and to those who enjoy collecting them, for sharing their work with us through their blogs and websites. I think you rock!

Top images clockwise from top left: Dezeen, Mimimouse via Une Envie de Sel, rubbad on flickr, Tyin Tegnestue via SNYdesign.

20 comments:

Laura. said...

oh. my. gosh. these are amazing! i'm so impressed and amazed that people have the patience to make these tiny perfect things!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

These are AWESOME! I am totally lusting over the Villa Sibi. I have a small collection of the miniature modernist chairs. I try to collect them only at random intervals, so as to keep the mystery going. I'm a huge fan of modern classic chair design, so these are instantly addictive to me!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

ps - when I was about 8 years old, I had a Dutch friend who lived near us in France (she's a museum curator in Amsterdam now, wouldn't you know it?) and we used to make miniature modernist villas together out of fomcor, styrofoam, poster board, and anything else we could get our hands on. They were very stark and minimalist, with split levels and odd angles everywhere. I'm kind of proud of us, actually, as young as we were. It was a memory that lives on from childhood, and you've rekindled it with these fabulous images!

liza said...

Laura -me too! TWD, your post on mimimouse's chairs put a bee in my bonnet (see credit at bottom :)). Very cool what you did when you were 8!

Modern MC said...

This is a fabulous post! I really like the miniature shop design. I have never seen that before. Cool!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Liza, this is like AMAZING. I want to live in all of these rooms! I am in shock. I have looked through it six times! Just great, just like you. LOVE IT!!!!!

Piou said...

Lovely, and thanks for your comment in my blog ♥

callsmall said...

Thanks for the nice post, Liza! How fun! It was also great to see the other photos, some of which I had not seen before from our (mini) world! I'd like to put a link to this from my blog -- is that OK? :)

liza said...

Oh, of course callsmall! Thank you.

MODsquad said...

Oh! I'm in miniature heaven! So fantastic! You have some amazing finds!

Lene Dragon said...

Thanks for your post liza! you'ved collected some really nice pics here. Some I'ved never seen before too! This post is really inspiring for all modern miniature enthusiasts.^^ Can I post your link in my Facebook and blog too? Thanks so much!

liza said...

I'm so glad you like it MODsquad! Lene.. Thank you and please do!

Pubdoll said...

Many familiar scenes there, and fun to see some new ones as well! I loved the photo from the miniature shop! Thanks for sharing!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

That mini Arne Jacobsen 'ant' chair is adorable!!!

Blair said...

Wow! Officially fascinated. What great finds. Love that last one.

petitenouveau said...

Thanks for including me in this fantastic post. I wonder how many people the Villa Sibi has suckered into mod mini-dom?

Kaytee said...

this is so cool! wooow the detail and patience that must be required for this!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Génial !

thebubbreport said...

FUN POST! I love all of these!

I think you will love these:

http://blog.designpublic.com/2009/08/21/flickr-faves-on-fridays-16/

Becky

thebubbreport said...

OMG! Awesome post! There's another guy who does Jonathan Adler minis over on flickr I've been meaning to blog about but I keep forgetting to do it.

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