Saturday, October 1, 2011

Designing a Mini House: The I House's turn

Case study modern houses of the world. My inspiration.

the building in reality.

So after owning 18 houses, some antique, some vintage and some modern, I decided last year I'd like to try my hand at building my own.

I knew I could not copy the masterpiece of a Gottschalk. The charm of a Bliss, the beauty of a Tynietoy or the edginess of a Marx split level.

I knew from photographing mini scenes that you can use any backdrop, from a vent filter to a distant view. It's all how you place it because so much of mini photography relies on illusion.

In this picture from 2008 the room is a plastic Nike shoe box.

So I decided last January to take a contemporary house and hack it, which means play with it, change it. By using a manufactured form I knew it would be sturdy. So many of my constructions are temporary.  Here is the house I chose, The Imaginarium Glitter Suite Dollhouse. Quite a mouthful. (why glitter?) It is shockingly colorful but really nothing is reflective.
before

It is1/6 scale which is a departure for me. Everything I buy and make is 1/12 scale unless it is antique (Grecons, Dol Toi,  Tootsietoy etc.) And if you know me you know I had to buy my little assistant one of her own for Valentine's Day. (to leave mine alone).
during
 And so the neighbors wouldn't hear her blood curdling screams of protest as I obliterated the hot pink walls.

during...
And here it is, the "I House". Ready to transform... Kinda blah without all those lithoed walls... C

7 comments:

Sans! said...

A house with promise, not blah at all. Show us more!

Kikka said...

Excellent!
Not at all blah!

My Realitty said...

Sans! Well the first thing I learned is it easier to design than implement. CM

My Realitty said...

Hi Kikka, well a blank backdrop, at least. C

minima said...

I'm really curious to see the final result.
This post was quite inspiring. It made me want to design more dollhouses.

My Realitty said...

Plus, Minima I think you should join the contest of "I'm a Giant".Making a dollhouse.

The info is on Call of the Small(you can find it to the right in the blog list). I am too old and tired, believe me, for contests but I think you could inspire others! CM

My Realitty said...

AND KIkka and Sans! You too! We need international input! C