In Princeton, New Jersey, 39-year-old Christine Ferrara is passionate about modern architecture and design. In 2008, Ferrara’s husband, Steven Bernbaum, who served as a technical consultant, bought a tiny hollow house for Ferrara. This small, small house has floor-to-ceiling windows from top to bottom, and even with extra-mini, it is full of design.
Since then, Ferrara’s world of macro toy houses has been opened.
This small world of model world has become Ferrara’s space to release imagination – no need to care about other people’s eyes, no need to be bound by traditional house decoration, no need to consider who to cater to, or even worry about having children break something. Ferrara is completely able to fill and transform her little world with her own preferences.
Ferrara said that she had seen this model on Craigslist, but the gorgeous and unique appearance made her feel too frivolous to give up, but did not expect to become a gift from her husband. When Bernbaum handed it over to Ferrara, Ferrara joked: “You may not know what kind of world you have opened.”
Since then, Ferrara has purchased six or seven models of macro houses, and has added a lot of contemporary art furniture: streamlined sofas, leather recliners, molded plastic seats, glass dining tables, pop art lamps. and many more. These furniture seem to be piled up in random, but Ferrara is reasonably placed according to the idea of real house design.
One inch of the macro model corresponds to about one foot in real life. Therefore, through the lens, we can shoot the whole space that we can’t cover with the naked eye. Ms. Ferrara posted photos of her own house model on her personal blog, Call of the Small. Starting from the first photo, her blog has gradually grown into a gathering place for macro model designers and enthusiasts. Many fans will post views on the model, discuss innovative ways of internal design, and so on.
Just three or four years ago, there were not many search results on the Internet for keywords such as “miniature modern” or “mini model”. But today, more and more fans, the number of personal blogs is also growing rapidly.
On Flickr there is a dedicated “Modern Macro Model” group, which is made up of acquaintances from around the world. Members from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Australia eagerly discussed their designs. With more fans, manufacturers have discovered new business opportunities, and have followed suit, imagination, production of mini modern homes and furniture, providing more possibilities for people to create fantasy space.
One inch of the macro model corresponds to about one foot in real life.
The interesting thing about the macro model is that in the real world, we can’t buy a suite and a villa with a big deal, and the public opinion is arranged according to the dream way we want, but in the mini world, the requirements for economic conditions. Not so high, the threshold for creativity is also broader. There are no ready-made furniture, and you can find some materials to do it yourself. Only can’t think of it, it can’t be realized.
Like Ms. Ferrara, she lives in a typical suburban colonial style house in real life, with antiques she and her husband inherited, as well as furniture from “ceramic barns” and IKEA. Because of her three children, the home is furnished with practicality, comfort and safety as the primary considerations.
But Ferrara said that after owning a mini house, there is no need to deliberately limit his creativity and adventurous spirit. She emptied her basement and used it to store mini-houses and accessories. We will see that some of the accessories are quite different from the style of her own home, such as bold geometric wallpapers and artificial fur rugs on the floor.
Mini toy houses are also divided into different types. In addition to the original design, there is also a replica of the real world masterpiece. Ferrara used the price of less than $30 per piece to find replicas of modern furniture macros by renowned designers Le Corbusier and Charles Eames. Compared to the original size of the furniture, the mini replica is affordable. Even so, in order to expand this hobby, Ferrara, who is “deeper and deeper”, will consider saving money elsewhere, such as reducing the budget for buying clothes is a start.
Macro model fans purchase a wide range of materials. In the case of Ferrara, for example, in addition to the convenience of buying toys from American Brinca Dada and PRD, she also bought special products from Japan Reac and British Elf.
In addition to the interior, the model world has a certain emphasis on the large shape of the house. Like in 2001, the kaleidoscope house, created by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelright, was particularly sought after by collectors. At the time, the house was only priced at $250. Unfortunately, the company was not working well and the loss went bankrupt. Today, the used second-hand kaleidoscope house has been fired for $2,000.
One of the model enthusiasts, Christie Schmidt, a data analyst at an insurance company in Louisville, Kentucky, owns a macro kaleidoscope house, which she also showed on her personal blog. She feels that for collectors, a limited amount of related products is definitely worth the time, effort and money to seek and possess.
Where is the fun?
Spending money is not the only pleasure of collecting macro models. Like many other mini toy enthusiasts, Schmidt will do the furniture he wants. Using different beads to form a lamp, using a enamel pillowcase to make a table, and using a floor mat to cut a carpet, are all routine operations of creative output. The interior is designed and handcrafted for both fun and simultaneous experience.
The interior is designed and handcrafted for both fun and simultaneous experience.
Macro models and ordinary toy collections also form their own separate circles because they require secondary development. Anina Gant, a graphic designer from Brighton in the UK, rarely advertises her hobbies with others around her, but when she sends the work to others, it seems that people can feel from all the fine details. Her enthusiasm and joy.
Gent, a member of the same circle, showed four toy houses owned by blogs, magazines and Flickr. She is particularly attached to the details. Under the lens, the rain boots and garbage bags left by the door, the sticky notes attached to the mirror, and the wallpaper and interiors that create urban melancholy in the room will remind you of Edward Hope’s paintings. Infective.
In Beijing’s view, the toy house is not a trend-seeking performance, but a work of art that can be used to personal taste and style. What she wants to convey is not how gorgeous and enviable the house can be designed, but the reality and diversity that flows through the city, including hidden faces that are not advocated, such as human loneliness and chaos.
Some people pursue luxury, and some people pursue simplicity. Urban life is indeed more and more fulfilling, but it is also becoming more and more complicated. Just like the popularity of the Nordic minimalist style in the real decoration, there is also a style in the model world that only creates a cool style through simple furnishings.
In the society, the place where people live is a home, and the type of house is not static. Li Tangning, 56, wanted to make a container version of a macro house. Despite the rough appearance, I want to use it as a selling point to create a space where the interior is still full of modernity. Through customization, he added replicas of modern furniture, such as the Noguchi coffee table and the chair of Mies van der Rohe.
Although people can’t live in the model house after all, its way of expression is still influenced by the “homeowner” preferences, and like any other art form, it is full of personal style.
The 70-year-old Babe Ventura is a retired interior decorator in New York. Although he is not young, his childlike heart is still there. She has nine modern toy houses, a macro yacht and a macro trailer, often indulging in her own macro world and forgetting to do other things.
35-year-old web designer Megan Hornbecker, as the mother of two children, understands Babe’s feelings. There are many things in the real world that need to be handled, and not all things can be under control. Spending time with children to play, tidying up the room to do housework, how much will make her feel tired. “But when you face the toy hut and watch everything everything is arranged and arranged according to your own imagination, it will be fine for me to clean the toy kitchen for 24 hours.”
The fun of the macro model mixes a variety of creative aspects that make people feel happy and satisfied, such as painting, design, and hand-made. Like the well-known macro artist Tanaka Tada said: Everyone should have a few brains wide open, when ordinary things can become different in your eyes.
Broccoli can be thought of as a forest, and leaves floating on the water can be like a boat.