One of the greatest outcomes of our big remodel/restovation has been the friendship with our architect, Chris Craver, and his wife, Tiffany. Like Tim and I, they share our champagne taste and on a Microbrewery Beer budget. And, they have short people living in their house, too. Since fun, part-time, lucrative jobs just aren’t being thrown our way, Tiffany and I have gotten a creative lately. I started selling random stuff on eBay (mostly ladies clothes & shoes) and then I roped Tiffany into the madness.
While I’m selling boring old shoes, Tiffany has been collecting cool vintage items for the last twenty years. She is selling some items on eBay now and I’m working with her to launch her vintage etsy site. In the meantime, I HAVE to post about this cool mid-century miniature stuff that she has!
Tiffany has three unopened and never used boxes of mid-century modern miniature “rooms”. Seriously, they are like little miniature dioramas with cool Danish furniture and wood paneling and wallpaper. Everything to be assembled. And, none of it has been opened. She has a full living room, dining room and bedroom. They are seriously cute. Of course, her kids and my child would destroy them in five minutes, so they need to go to a home where they will be treasured (and not mutilated).
Front of the box – shows the final size of the room.
Description on the box.
Little hard to see, but this is the packaged up furniture that has never been set up.
More of the boxed up components. Do you see those little wood panels for the walls?
The full dining room all set up. The room includes the artwork and the wall units, too.
I love the bedroom. Look at that built-in bed and shelf.
Do you think I could Tim to build this for me in my real home? In big person size?
Tiffany and I were trying to do some background research on these little “rooms”. Not quite dollhouses, as they are standalone rooms. These particular rooms are from the 1960’s from Miner Industries. These have the original sales tag from Montgomery Ward. My mother, a child of the 1950’s and 1960’s thinks that the rooms were a more economical gift than an entire dollhouse. We couldn’t find much on the actual manufacturing company, but we came across an entire world of people who collect miniatures and a smaller world of those that collect modern miniatures. And, for your reading pleasure, here are some cool links that I found.
First, a New York Times article from 2008 about the Modern Miniature World. There are loads of links within that article. Mostly, these appear to be people creating, collecting and building new modern houses, rooms and furniture.
Want to buy your own Mini Modern house? You can on Etsy here.
I love this blog, Call of the Small. It looks like she has old and new modern miniatures.
Miniatures by Annina is another great modern mini blog.
And, who knew there was an entire magazine dedicated to miniature houses/architecture – Small Magazine is a magazine for all of these miniature design meccas.
Does anyone already have anything like this? I’d love to see pictures. And, I’d love to see this set up in a mid-mod home!