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Bet you didn’t know this was a miniature! – Lord of The Rings

26 September 2018

We love all things miniature here at The Dolls House Emporium. This week on the blog we take you behind the scenes of one of our favourite film series and show you the incredible miniatures (or ‘bigatures’, as they were nicknamed, due to the sheer size of some of them!) created by the amazing WETA Workshop team for the Lord of The Rings film trilogy.

WETA Workshop were not only responsible for the incredible miniatures made for the films, they also made 48,000 items across six departments, covering a multitude of Middle Earth cultures and races.

Here are some of the beautifully detailed models created by the incredibly talented WETA team of multi-skilled craftsmen and artists. Enjoy!
















All images from: https://www.wetaworkshop.com/projects/gallery

All images © their respective owners 2018

A Dolls' House Made by Frans and Christina Bosdyk

29 August 2018

Today on the blog we bring you one of the most beautiful and detailed dolls’ houses we have ever seen!

The house was built and decorated by Frans and Christina Bosdyk over a period of 9 years from 1997 to 2006 and it is estimated that they spent 15,000 hours creating it. It is currently being displayed in the Powerhouse Museum collection in Australia.

Frans Bosdyk is a skilled electrical instrument maker and made most of the furniture inside the dolls’ house. Each drawer slides open effortlessly, hiding the tiniest cutlery sets or stores of miniature candles. The doors have brass handles which turn to open. The desk lamp lights up when plugged into the wall. The wardrobe contains presents prepared for Christmas with tiny dolls in ribboned boxes and minute Christmas decorations.

Christina Bosdyk was closely involved with all construction decisions, sourcing miniature items, deciding where everything went and choosing interior decor, wallpaper and dolls.

The Bosdyk dolls' house is a unique example of the art of the miniature. It competes with the very best in the tradition of Dutch dolls’ houses, renowned in the seventeenth century for their style and extraordinary attention to detail.

The twenty-roomed house is set up on five levels in much the same style as the early Dutch dolls’ houses in 1/10 to 1/12 scale. It features aspects of Dutch and Australian life dating from the mid 19th century to the 1950s and is a wonderful window into the past.

We hope you love it as much as we do!
























We hope you enjoyed taking a peak in to these miniature worlds!

Source:
>Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences - Inside the Collection

Architects’ Dollshouses

17 July 2018

This week on the blog, we bring you something a little bit different. We wrote briefly about the ‘Dolls’ house for KIDS’ project on our Facebook page back in May but wanted to share with you a few more of the dollhouses’ created and a little bit more about the project and individual designs.

As part of an initiative organised by UK property developers Cathedral Group, 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) were asked to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. Each design also had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities.

Each dolls’ house fitted on a 750mm x 750mm plinth and they were all shown at Bonham’s auction house in Central London in November 2013. They were then auctioned off, raising an amazing £90,000, with all proceeds going to the disability charity KIDS, who are a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

We think this was a brilliant idea and here are some of our favourites from the project.




MAE's Mae-mak house
Mae-mak house is a house that can grow and change. It engages the senses and allows kids to stick and stack walls, floors and rooves to form a simple house, a complex house, many houses or a very big house. Brightly coloured and textured panels are made to stimulate the senses and inspire customisation.




Glenn Howells's Extra-ordinary House
The Extra-Ordinary House has been generated by 2 ideas. Firstly, the terraced house, the most ordinary, but important house type in the UK. This simple idea has produced some of the best and most durable accommodation we have. Secondly, a robust timber construction. This house works through touch and feel, so enabling a child with impaired sight to understand how its volumes relate to living.




Duggan Morris Architects' Multi-story
Multi-story has been designed to aid early intervention strategies for children with developmental disability Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In consultation with Christina, mother of high functioning autistic Louis (5), the house swaps the visually noisy cross section of the typical dolls house with a set of rooms arranged in either a stack or plan form. Each room can be used in isolation or as part of a sequence to provide a focused platform for learning and role play.




Coffey Architects' Inside Out
Inside Out is an inclusive dolls' house for all children whatever their needs and abilities. One element is a concrete house with a bonsai tree and herb garden which sits outside. The second, a series of elements that are individual oak rooms, hollowed out in bright colours that can be inserted into the house. It is fun for children and encourages outdoor play.




AHMM's Compass House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.




MAKE Architects' Jigsaw House
Compass House has been designed for children with visual impairment in mind, the use of colour and texture were expanded to bring the house to life for them. It's a weekend retreat - a place of escape that acts as a backdrop for ever changing scenarios.

All images © their respective owners 2018

Sources: interactivefundraising.co.uk and e-architect.co.uk

Summer Instagram Round-Up

3 July 2018

Back in February we did a round up of some of our favourite miniature images from the world of Instagram. Now that summer is here and the sun is shining (a little bit more, at least), we thought we would do a new summery round up to help get you inspired!

So here’s our round-up of some our favourite miniature images from Instagram. Enjoy!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)

1. tomoko_misumi_tchaiko, 2. lilacdreams_miniature, 3. mkupica.art, 4. h0life, 5. celeste.c_design, 6. smiraphotos, 7. dailymini, 8. se_2211, 9. meguroyoko, 10. june06hiro, 11. a.dollhouse.designs, 12. nicecrumbs, 13. petiteproperties, 14. ramalamacreatures, 15. lavenderbelle_miniatures, 16. coffee.seed.miniatures, 17. ibuildsmallthings, 18. slinkachu_official, 19. reddragonpottery, 20. tinymusthaves, 21. fourlittlewalls, 22. dekoubou, 23. meineschoenensachen, 24. igmaguildschool, 25. adore_mini, 26. hbsminiatures, 27. hbsminiatures, 28. dailymini, 29. littlestsweetshop, 30. Igmaguildschool

All images © their respective owners 2018

The Miniatures of Julieta La Valle

20 March 2018

We recently discovered the work of Julieta La Valle, a talented sculptor, director, miniaturist and art director from Argentina. She builds models, miniatures, characters and other objects for animations, cinema, advertising, fashion and artistic projects.

We love her miniature creations so much that we thought we’d share some of our favourite images here on the blog.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!




















See more of Julieta’s wonderful work here https://www.julietalavalle.com

All images © Julieta La Valle 2018

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