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Mid-Century Miniature

April 13, 2010

When I was a little girl, I used the think I was the sh*t because my Barbie mansion had an Oriental rug in it.

Well, that tiny little rug has just been pulled out from under my feet.

The New York Times ran an article this morning about the growing trend in miniature modern home design. We’re not talking about your grandma’s dollhouse, people. Try tiny souped up homes (some even with recessed lighting!) that are so impeccably decorated, so horribly stylish that they’d blend seamlessly on the web pages of Design*Sponge or Lonny.

From miniature Arne Jacobsen-like chairs to tiny George Nelson-inspired clocks, the interior decorators responsible for the modern masterpieces are revolutionizing what it means to “play house” – and they’re having a blast doing it.

As the NYT article details, many of the designers are men and women with day jobs who simply have a penchant for fine design. They see the tiny homes as a way to express their creativity for a fraction of the price. In addition, the hobby gives them a worry-free environment where they can relax knowing that Fido won’t pee all over the Herman Miller sofa.

There are a number of websites and shops where the decorators source their tiny gems, though a number of them craft the details themselves.

I give a lot of credit to these hobbyists because not only are they finding a healthy outlet for their design addictions, they’re making Barbie’s world a better place – one miniature hardwood floor beam at a time.

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  1. April 20, 2010 1:05 pm

    Hi Holley! I love reading your blog. I thought that was a great piece by the NY Times on miniatures. I have been quite obsessed with trolling through Flickr photo sets of miniatures — dollhouses and cute little sweets and foods. I love the idea that a childhood “toy” can help rekindle imaginations and also fulfill our own dreams about the spaces we want for ourselves. Great writing, and I hope you’re doing well!

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