Saturday, August 6, 2011

Still Life

Do you ever think of your miniature setups as a series of still lifes? I often do. This new vintage chair and ottoman set lends itself especially well to a still life...I've never seen anything like it. Constructed of wood with a 1950s profile, the chair is covered in what appears to be oil cloth or coated wall paper, as is its ottoman. The legs are metal covered in red plastic, and taper to pointed ends. Neat, huh? If you know anything about it, let me know. I have a feeling it may be a handmade one-of-a-kind, but perhaps not!

I love this Modella credenza -- so photogenic, and functional. Even the little red drawers open!

The setting for this scene is thanks to the lovely Lemon Cadet...we did some joint purchases recently, and she added in this very beautiful room box to my package! It is composed of a plastic and foam core base with channels to put in three three panels. You can change them out, cover with scrapbook paper or other materials, etc. Nice possibilities, and super easy to store! I hereby christen my new "Cadet Room Box" with this scene -- thanks, Lemon Cadet!!!

I also wanted to share an online opportunity for you mini-hobbyists and mini-makers to share your creative perspective with the world. The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City currently has a very cool exhibition on view that focuses on mini worlds: "Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities." As part of the exhibit, they launched an online gallery, "Small Realities," and they welcome submissions that present alternate realities in small form.

I submitted some photos and a statement; you can view it here. Check out all the submissions, and please consider submitting your own work -- it would be great to see the online gallery grow! Let me know if you participate. By the way, I am planning to see the exhibition this month, and will report back.

Credits: Vintage ottoman and chair and Arc lamp are eBay purchases; credenza is Modella; rug is jute scrapbook paper from the Paper Source, and the bird wallpaper is also from there; moss glass pot is from the Lemon Cadet package, and it is filled with hobby store moss and wrapped with some strands from the jute scrapbook paper. Accessories are vintage German and Re-ment.

The time it took me: 57 minutes


  1. This is amazing. I love what you did with everything. I especially covet that white pitcher and the little lidded bowl. I would never have thought to put something in the concave space of the glass thing. What a great idea to steal! I absolutely can't believe how cool this is.

  2. To me these furniture have "a touch" of very old Lundby and Brio furniture, that I have in my dollshouses on my "Dollhouse and Doll page".

    The armchair reminds me of the Lundby 50´s style and the chest of drawers reminds me of Brio in the 70´s.

    Fun to see your "new" furniture! Thank´s.

  3. Hey, Beth! Glad you like what I've done as my first try! The pitcher was from a lot of large-scale German tableware that I just got on eBay, and the lidded bowl was from the set that came with my Haefner and Krullmann house. I love my new room box!! THANKS again!

  4. Can't wait to see your submission, TSS!

  5. Hi, Lilsdolls! I do love the lines of the chair...I did debate getting it because the covering was so bold, but then it grew on me. I like the color scheme, too.

  6. Very lovely little 'still life' you have made.
    That roombox possibilities sounds great!
    Thanks for sharing the link from your photos (and the site) on small realities, great website...

    Hugs Jollie

  7. That chair has the look of a Marco Zanzuso Lady Chair! Very cool!

  8. Thanks, Jollie! The room box is very versatile! I hope you go back and visit the gallery of photos...can't wait to see the new submissions!

  9. Totally on target, Swing:Modern! The arms and profile really do resemble the lady chair, and the design dates from the early 50s too!

  10. That chair is awesome! I'm digging the birds on a wire. Very cool about the MAD---and a big thanks to Tscharner. I might submit something...shrug.

  11. Thanks, MC!! I do love that bird paper. I am always amazed that real birds space themselves so evenly on a wire. It also reminded me of Hitchcock's The Birds. I really hope you do an entry on the MAD gallery -- people have already submitted new ones, and they are great!!