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.

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).
 And so the neighbors wouldn't hear her blood curdling screams of protest as I obliterated the hot pink walls.

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


Sans! said...

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

Kikka said...

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