Friday, January 15, 2010
A Doll's House that Ibsen wouldn't recognize
And I thought MY place was small! Check this out -- a modern home that's only 11 square feet! Okay, so it's not meant for humans. But when it comes to great design in small spaces, this doll's house is a fun example.
Created by Elaine Shaw of Brockley, South-East London, this modern doll's house took thousands of hours of painstaking work -- and all of it was done by hand. Elaine is looking to revive public interest in doll houses and miniatures. Her philosophy is that "Dolls houses are out of fashion because they are out of fashion... I want to bring it back into modern times and I think having modern day gadgets and appliances will make it appeal to more people."
She's done an amazing job of recreating modern gadgets at a fraction of the original size. There's an eensy iMac and teeny Xbox! Elaine plans to add a few more models to this current one (named "Clearview") and sell them through her company, Miaim.
I love miniatures and had a dollhouse when I was younger. (My greatest creations? Pez for soap and white Tic Tacs for eggs.) In fact, I've been thinking about digging it up from my parents' garage and displaying it in my living room, and the "Clearview" house is really inspiring me to bring it out! I'd have to make a few changes, though, to make it more contemporary... Think IKEA makes an EXPEDIT bookcase in a five-inch version?
Read more about the "Clearview" house at The Daily Mail.