Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Flickr Up!


The photos from my Design Within Reach event are now posted on Flickr. All the photos were taken by the wonderful Andrea Kane (thanks, Andrea!), and they are fun to look through. You'll see the range of folks who came (like the three lovely ladies above), as well as some eye candy of the Emerson. Mark Green, who designed the furniture for the house, is there as well, and you'll be able to see many shots of the fantastic pieces on his laptop.

Andrea's photos helped to engage the local press, too. A photo collage appeared in the Princeton Packet yesterday:


And a local blogger had a perspective on minis that I had not thought of before; see more on the Artful Blogger.

I heard from Filippa today, who is a stylist for a Danish kids magazine, and she let me know that a little blurb about me appeared on their site and in the magazine. They like my take on the Lundby Stockholm; check it out. You'll see there's a link in the blurb to the great offerings at Minimii, which Megan at Modern Mini Houses wrote about just today! Minis are in the air...

Let me know what you think of the event photos, and thanks for following along on this adventure!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Design Within Reach Recap


Thanks to everyone for all of your support during the preparation for my Design Within Reach event, which occurred on Thursday, June 24, in Princeton, NJ. A BIG thanks goes to the store and its staff - Troyce, Meredith, and Henry - for inviting me to put up the display and for giving me the freedom to create something new and different.

It was an incredibly fun and surreal time, and it made all the work (and stress!) worth it. I thought I would give a little (actually, it's pretty long on details) recap with some of my photos taken after the event; I had the foresight to have a photographer at the event, but lacked the foresight to bring my own camera! All of the event pictures will be posted to my Flickr soon, hopefully next week, and I'll let you know when they are there.

What happened before 1:30 p.m.?
My day started early, getting the kids off to school and then running some last minute errands for the display. I had stayed up quite late the night before putting the finishing touches on the Kaleidoscope House and the two fish condos that would also be part of the event. I knew it was going to be very important to pack everything away safely and in an organized manner so that I could unpack as efficiently as possible at the store. I memorized all the setups as I put items away in little sorting trays and larger boxes and tried to group them by room. This took a while, people, let me tell you! I also had to finish some last minute framing of some of my K House photographs and I also wrote and framed a description for what was on view, noting all the loans from Elf Miniatures, minimodernistas, Paris Renfroe, and Peppercorn Minis. I threw my new business cards in along with a little Alessi tray to display them. I showered, dressed, and set outvery slowly in the car for the store.

At 2:00 p.m. I arrived at the store, leaving me two hours to set everything up. The store looked great, and Meredith and Henry were there to help me strategize on where to place everything. We figured out that the house would go on a lovely long extendable table in the front middle of the store, and my photographs and fish condos on a shelving unit on the opposite side. I set up the condos and Meredith placed them along with my photographs. This is how it all looked:





I used two pieces in the store to do setups: an Eames black wire table and a Rolly side table, and Meredith suggested spacing them out apart from the house display in other parts of the store so as not to crowd things. Excellent decision. I set them up quickly and went to work on the house. Henry and Meredith offered to help, but then could see that I whirling around to place everything solo. :)





By 3:00 p.m., most of the furniture was set up, and it became apparent to me that I should have tried harder to clean some of the blue-tac and other marks that have built up over time. I did what I could and felt relieved to have some extras of Glenda's rugs and some artwork! I then placed all of the accessories and tweaked things here and there.

Mark Green, an architect who designed the furniture for the brinca dada Emerson House, then arrived! It was so great to see the Emerson for the first time. It is large when opened up, so we decided to add a leaf to the table and it worked beautifully. Mark prepared the house for the display and let us know that Doug and Tim of brinca dada had to take all the furniture prototypes to the west coast for a trade show. So, while very unfortunate no furniture was there to see, Mark brought out his laptop and showed us some amazing renderings of everything, and was also able to show all the guests later on. We all just drooled and drooled. Here's a peek:



When 4:00 p.m. rolled around, I was done, and felt a huge sigh of relief. People started to come in and there was sustained attendance throughout the three hours. It was a bit surreal to see people look at the house and setups in a space other than my basement, and also great to have friends, work colleagues, and others come to catch a glimpse of my madness. Lots of people asked questions, mostly about how I got started and if I make my own furnishings. People were amazed at the craftsmanship of all of the loaned pieces and were genuinely impressed that these artisans could create such realistic copies of classic modern design in 1:12 scale.

And there were 1:12 to 1:1 mirror images all around the store, like the 1:1 Nelson desk:


And Elf Miniatures' version!




Here is my lovely new teak shelf from Mini Modern (thanks, MC!), by Paris Renfroe:



Look how nice Glenda's rug works as a wall hanging, next to Doris' heavenly bed:



People loved the cozy luxury of this space:


And enjoyed the play of colors in the kitchen:




If anyone knows these Theo Klein stoves, you know that they look like toys from the back. So I used some reflective paper to simulate stainless.


Among the visitors, there were two lovely women who said they followed my blog and had come from a distance -- I am sorry I did not ask their names, nor where they came from (if you are reading, please comment, and let me know, so I can thank you again!). Then, I spent time speaking with three other older women who talked about their own dollhouse ventures, and one expressed interest in sushi for doll houses. I referred her to the store down the street that currently carries a Re-ment sushi set! Another woman was a furniture designer who seemed intrigued by the possibilities in 1:12, especially since you don't need as much space to work! Some children came and were all so incredibly well behaved and engaged. It was so interesting to hear people's impressions and perspectives and observe their reactions to what was on display.

After 7:00 p.m., we moved the house up on a shelf, along with the Emerson and the Eames and Rolly tables. I am so glad I decided to do the event, even though it stretched me pretty thin and was a challenge to plan. I could not have done it without the support of my husband and kids, who kept reminding me to have fun. It was truly a learning experience, designed around creativity and exploration.







Credits: Thanks again to all the artisans for lending their wonderful work. I am only highlighting their loans here; the accessories and other furnishings are from my collection. Kitchen: Green kitchen unit and dishwasher, table, and one stove from Elf Miniatures; Arc and globe lamps and blond tall cabinet by minimodernistas; low bench, abstract artwork, and cowhide ottomans by Paris Renfroe; rug by sink by Peppercorn Minis. TV Room: Couch and TV stand by minimodernistas. Office: Nelson desk and shelving unit by Elf Miniatures; rug by Peppercorn Minis; curved trefoil table by Paris Renfroe. Bath: Jacuzzi and sink by Elf Miniatures; hatbox toilet by Paris Renfroe. Bedroom: Bed, linens, and side table by minimodernistas; rug wall hanging by Peppercorn Minis. Eames wire table: Noguchi coffee table by Paris Renfroe. Rolly side table: curved chaise and potted plants by Paris Renfroe. Orange fish condo: sink by Elf Miniatures; S chair by Paris Renfroe.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Prep Peek


Lots of prep this weekend for my Design Within Reach event this Thursday. Still have things to do, but wanted to share some tiny teaser peeks at a few scenes from the Kaleidoscope House.

This beauty below is a lovely, completely unexpected gift from Mini Modern (via Paris Renfroe) that arrived last week. It is a stunning piece, and yes I am only showing you a snippet so as not to spoil its "unveiling" at the event :)


The kitchen has been the biggest challenge, but I think I got it all worked out...more later.



The bathroom has turned out very nicely. Check out that Elf Miniatures jacuzzi tub!


And I'd love to plop back into bed on a minimodernistas creation!



Rugs soon to come from Peppercorn Minis and I'll be all set! Fingers crossed!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mini Modern and Call Small: Gone Fishing


It's not too often this mini community of modern collectors can "synch" up our houses and do a joint post, but Mini Modern and I thought it would be fun to do one, sight unseen, of our own takes on the Fish Condo from the SFMOMA store. Cool idea, right? Totally her idea, by the way...she's got tons of 'em :) This joint post is also apropos because Mini Modern and I met up when I was in SF and had a fun chat in the lobby of the actual SFMOMA -- a very nice birthday treat for me! She is as nice and clever as you think she is, and very funny. It was a pleasure!

I like the concept of using the Fish Condo since it is not intended as a doll house or modern setting, and as I found, it offers many possibilities. The tank actually comes with a glass insert that I decided not to use this time around, but will try to in the future. I have two, so was playing around with the configurations, which led me to devise this as a guest "shack" in the Hamptons. I jokingly say "shack," because the Hamptons is a very chic and popular location for summer homes out on the southern fork of the eastern end of Long Island, NY. The beaches are lovely, and the real estate prime. Some houses look like this:






My condo might be the guest house to a pad such as that! I photographed this by one of the windows in our living room, to help with the outdoor beachy vibe, but it ended up raining, so the sun took a dive.












It was fun setting this up, and now I cannot wait to head over to Mini Modern's blog for a look at her condo setup! Enjoy!

Credits: Couch is vintage Bodo Hennig; orange chair is Reac; coffee table is Bozart; console is by Paris Renfroe; stools are from Manor House Miniatures; both lights are by AG Minis (I flipped the blue table lamp up on the ceiling); "rugs" are cardboard covered with two different Marimekko fabrics; marble bust is from my husband's collection; front outdoor plant is vintage TOMY; smaller plant in the back is Playmobil; statue is vintage Petite Princess; dog is from a game called Lucky Puppy Math; textured wall covering is a place mat by Chilewich; orange dot wall covering is scrapbook paper. Accessories are Japanese erasers, Re-ment, Manor House Miniatures, and our local toy store.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Designing an Event

Perhaps you are like me when you set up scenes: you have an idea, you gather some furnishings and a setting, and you play around until you end up with something that stirs up a feeling of "just right." I am going to try to apply this as naturally as I can to an exciting opportunity: a modern miniatures event at my local Design Within Reach store in Princeton, NJ, on Thursday, June 24 from 4-7 p.m. It's great that the store is hosting the event, which will also feature the wonderful new 1:16 Emerson House from brinca dada. Mark Green, who had a major hand in designing the furniture, will be on hand to represent and share the house. I cannot wait!

I am planning to bring my Kaleidoscope House and am now designing setups for the whole house, as well as for some select DWR furniture in the store. I have arranged for some very beautiful and exciting loans from Elf Miniatures and minimodernistas (and am planning to use some of my own Paris Renfroe pieces), since I would like to showcase some of the (very) great mini talent out there. By the way, both Elf and minimodernistas have started making their designs in 1:16, so please keep them in mind if you have a need in that scale.

Once I knew about the event a few months ago, I decided to get my act together and create a logo for Call of the Small to somehow capture what my blog is about. My husband clued me in to a very cool site, Hatchwise, which offers graphic design services for logos via a contest open to designers all around the world. I submitted my goals for a logo and ended up with a neat visual creation!



You may see the lines of the special wallpaper in my vintage Brio, as well as my beloved minimodernistas globe lamp!

I used the new logo to design my own calling cards with a new tag line: "Where small modern lives large":



This was done very reasonably through Zazzle ($30 for 300), a site where you can easily produce your own cards.

I will hopefully post an album of pictures from the event -- wish me luck! And, of course, if you live near or will be visiting near Princeton, NJ, please come!

By the way, I have heard some mini buzz about a west coast DWR event in the fall that sounds like it will be a gathering of some mini greats...hopefully an official announcement will be out soon!

Credits: Vintage Panton chair by Bodo Hennig; dresser is vintage German.