Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wes Christensen's Modern House 1

This modern house
model by architect Wes Christensen is my all time favorite house. And that includes my red roofed Gottschalk with the pull down garden and the German late 1800's house Ann Meehan told me is a Christian Hacker. (OK even the adorable Albin Schonherr puppenstuben, not to belabor the point) much.

It is so perfect for modern design. It showcases cutting edge mini furniture like the work of Paris Renfroe, Doris Nathansen of the incomparable minimodernistas, and the Peter Tucker and pinchofpepper I own.

Wes will be commenting each week as we explore this house and  his work and said today,

"I developed MH1 in 2009 in a response to the many requests from people in the Modern Mini world. There are so many choices for traditional or Victorian mini houses on the market and just a small few Modern houses available. When I read this I figured I could design a Mini house, especially a Modern one. So, I worked up a design that was clean and simple (being influenced by the shipping container module from a project I was working on building a guest house out of a shipping container) and MiniHouse1 was born. I posted some computer model images to the modern mini community and the response was wonderful, Wes"

original 1/1 structure
by Wes Christensen, landscape design by Greg Gorby, Tuscon, Arizona






Here is what the MH1 looks like in my house 1/12 scale


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It is a sculpture. There must have been something about it being just the right house at the right time because I have really used it over and over again for scenes. It is not too heavy being made in two main parts and I have carried it all over my house, up and down stairs! I think it is the kind of mini house that frames the design and does not impose limits on what you can do in it. It is also not overwhelming. It is a 1/12 scale which is important as my favorite furniture is too. Don't even get me started on how my Paris Renfroe kitchen looks in it...
Since 2009 there has been great growth in mini houses. Yes we thank you pioneer bloggers Mini Modern, Oese, Pubdoll, Annina, Mini Dork etc. and the ancient historians like the Shopping Sherpa and Rebecca... (tongue firmly in cheek) and we are proud of the whole new crop of mini designers and our media darling Call Small who makes us all noticible. We've come a long way babies. (and I haven't even scratched the surface of all the new house designers out there, remember this was from way back in 2009)
but hey this is my original modern love. C

9 comments:

Eliana said...

Cool you tell the history of your home. ;)
Hugs

My Realitty said...

When you collect mini houses you have an emotional response to them. Abtiue, nodern all evoke different feelings. C

Shale said...

This is such a wonderful house. It is the perfect setting for your modern furniture. It is also very adaptable to change, as it can host all sorts of scenes. Daphne enjoyed staying here when she visited Colette last summer. Thanks for sharing it here.
Susan

Shale said...

It is so cool to have the input from Wes. It adds a wonderful perspective on his creation.
Susan

Kikka said...

That Hous is really something! it is Wonderful, Cool, Chic, Gorgeous, Adorable...
Sigh...

Mini Dork said...

Very cool seeing Wes's 1:1 dwelling that inspired the MH1. I do love that house. Having larger houses that require two people to budge them, I really appreciate the design and portability of his design. Plus, it is just gorgeous and is a great backdrop to showcase all of your great modern miniatures. Looking forward to seeing more of it. :)

My Realitty said...

Shale isn't it interesting where ideas come from. PS Daphne's dopleganger is out here so she can "visit" any time, CM

My Realitty said...

Hi Kikka gonna hop over and see what is new with you. CM

My Realitty said...

It's like Paris Renfroe's cool pods that can be arranged any way desired. And way easier than Legos...except for Pubbdoll who rocks legos. c