Friday, 4 May 2018

A passage homage

My poor Nora and Helmer have had to cope with an open bathroom for years, with no wall between the bathroom and the passageway outside the bathroom. But finally they can get some privacy doing their business.
This is what the bathroom looked  like before. (The floor in the passageway had been damaged by previous owners before the house was bought by Nora and Helmer)




And now with the wall. Doesn't it look like it's been there forever?


 (And maybe it has?)



 

The new wall is removable, it leans to a simple cornish in the top and has a small bend at the side to make it stand on it's own.
The burgundy wallpaper is from "Søstrene Grene" and the two prints on the wall are by Bruce Holwerda. I really love his work!

The rug is a fabric sample from work, the new cupboard on the side landing is vintage Lundby or Barton,  I believe. The silver traditional ale bowl on it is a charm, and the chest was my grandmothers.  She displayed it with other miniatures and small items in a shelf in her kitchen, and I always admired it! 

The pictures the top of the stair walls are the same I have in my stairway. (see below)
 
 This one is painted my my grandmothers oldest sister, as a copy of the well known Gauguin painting. I inherited both these paintings from my grandmother when she passed away.
I made a miniature copy of the second one, but have given away the original (this is by the way the original size) and just used a printed copy for Nora and Helmer, which suits the Lundby scale better.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Kommer'u Closenough!



I'm pleased to invite you into the home of Sean Kommer'u, (Sean R. U. Coming) (a former agent) and Glenn Closenough (yes, it is the well known movie star) , who has moved into the old house of famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen after they retired. It has been a big transition for them both, to downsize from the more extravagant surroundings they had been accustomed to.

 Don't be shy, just knock on the door, they are expecting you


Sean Kommer'u opens the door and greets us warmly; "so nice to meet you, please come inside!"



 You can hang your coat here, if you want to. Will you please follow me into the dining room/music room.
 This is where my wife spends most of her evenings.


Speaking of the devil, his wife Glenn Closenough enters the room, and eager to entertain as always, starts playing a piece by Mozart on the grand piano. This can take a while...I hope you like really like Mozart.

 

 Finally she stopped playing, and we can go upstairs.


The landing functions as Sean Kommeru's office, and is more to his taste, no frills here (just a lot of cars, it seems)


Do you want to see the bedroom as well?



Maybe you would like to visit the bathroom before our final room?


 Hope you like our living room.




"This is my favorite room", Sean Kommer'u says.  It has everything I need to relax, a comfy sofa, a bar and a big screen TV




You must be thirsty after seeing all these rooms, can I offer you something to drink, perhaps a Dry Martini?

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Furniture by Lundby, Triang, Re-ment Petit Princess from Ideal and Minimii. Sofa by Cocco in Stavanger. Lamps, gold side table in livingroom, lego railing and bathroom shelf and some transformed Sylvanian pieces by me.
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I'm sorry for my long absence, I'm just stopping by to show you this project I've been working on during these years in a Minimii 1:16 replica of (half) the home of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen  I bought back in 2011. (I didn't have the space for the full depth house) Sorry to say it seems they have closed their web-shop during the last year.

I won't blog as regular as I used to back in the days, but hope to update you on some of the things I've been working on since then. For those interested, I have also posted some things on my Flickr page

Have a nice spring!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

All by myself



It has been a great year for Karl Edo. But with the success of Spook House, he found his shop too small to meet the increasing demand -- and he wasn't very happy with the location either. Not that he didn't like his neighbours in the building, like Osvald Halving in Gjengangere, Bart Ender Barton in the pub and Glenn Closenough and Sean Kommer'u in the adjacent assembly rooms. But the style of all of these businesses are a bit old fashioned if truth be told, and Karl Edo had for some time thought about building a real Spook House, and when it was opened to build on a ground nearby he went for it. His friend Arne Vaa wasn't hard to ask and designed a new Spook House for him in a jiffy.



After a busy spring, here is a proud Karl Edo in front of the newly finished building. And instead of a party, he's inviting you in to celebrate the opening with an Asian themed display, with some of his favourite design furniture, all in the Spook House signature colours red and white.



Credits: In this last year, I have received so many wonderful gifts from blog friends all around the world. I haven't had the time to blog about them so far, because of a very hectic spring at work, but I thank you all and have gathered some of the fabulous gifts in this post, and more will come in the fall. Tomorrow we're going to the UK on holiday and we will be away until the end of this month.



Arne Jacobsen seven chairs from Minimii. Super ellipse table is a selfmade gift from Cocco.




Shelving made of lego. I was inspired to make this after seeing this fabulous desk Carol (Pepper) at MitchyMooMiniatures made for me after I was so lucky to win her give-away! The drawers even open! Thank you so much, Pepper's husband (Salt?), for the draw!

The doll in kimono is a gift from Cocco. The lamp is an altered Re-ment lamp. The laptop is also by Re-ment. Seven chair from Minimii. Tiny Hello Kitty in a Japanese costume is a cell phone ornament. Selfmade George Nelson ball clock.



On the counter is another Hello Kitty ornament.
Inside there's a Re-ment plate and some moon lamps designed by Cocco.



Heart chair by Reac, a gift from Sans, I love it, thank you so much! The Piero Fornasetti plates on the wall are made using a photo from the Collectors magazine, a give-away I won from the fabulous Shopping Sherpa who was interviewed in the magazine and featured in the TV show as well! Sadly I didn't manage to make them as neat as she did hers. Shelf by Re-ment. Vases by Elisabeth Causeret and Re-ment. If anyone knows the artist who made the painting I would be grateful, I just found it on the Net. The facade of Spook House is (of course) made of lego.

I wish you all a very nice summer!

United Kingdom Come!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Meet Jon Line - On paper and on line


Recently Jon Line, Polly Line's little brother, came to town. He's studying computer science at the university (when he's not reading comics or building miniature ship models). Polly put her plans for a home office in her spare room on hold and turned it into a one-room apartment for him instead. Which means that the result is more her idea of the perfect bachelor pad than a nerdy student's idea of accomodation.






As you may can tell because it's so tidy, these pictures were taken before he moved in.


I had to take another photo of the kitchen to show Jon Line's housewarming gift. Can you spot it?


She invited Nora and Helmer over to meet Jon and to be the first to use her colourful new garden furniture. Jon's unhealthy complexion made Nora concerned about his health, but Polly said it just came from Jon staying indoors with his computer all the time.


The sliding windows to the roof terrace.


Jon Line in his typical position.


On sunny days he can be seen through the reflexion in his window.

Polly Line was asked to present her house in the Finnish magazine Nukkekoti, so the bachelor pad was decorated in a hurry before the deadline. She had many photos of her house from before, but none of them were in print quality, so she had to rephotograph most of her rooms -- and even the exterior. Here are copies of the six pages from the magazine:






The new outdoors photo was taken in late winter, so I had to recapture it on the livingroom table. Two bed sheets did service as sky.


Real outdoor photo


The new outdoors photo for the Finnish dollhouse magazine.

Credits: The furniture in Jon Line's apartment and on the roof terrace is mainly new and vintage Lundby. The sliding opening windows to the roof terrace are made of picture frames. Eames Elephant by Reac. Accessories are Lundby, Re-ment, Playmobil and Lego (the coloured drinking glasses on the terrace). The Donald Duck comics and the ships on the window sills are made by my son Bendik.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Stockholm 2011

In the previous post you got to see the tourist side of Stockholm with the old parts of town. But Stockholm isn't at all stuck in the old days, and has a lot of modern design to offer its visitors. Because of Easter we were lucky enough to get a relative cheap room at Nobis, the "Elle 2011 designer hotel of the year" in Sweden. It also had a great location, with a short walking distance to most of the central city.



When we first arrived I wasn't sure if it was a shop for designer lamps or a hotel. They had a collection of globe lamps from all over the globe! Very beautiful!







And even on cloudy days there's a beautiful light in the restaurant!
The Vitra Cloud Lamps are designed by Frank Gehry and assembled on the spot.



The lounge in the old backyard.



The ceiling is based on a photograph, looking up at the sky through the treetops.




A little angel was looking down upon us from the top of the wall over the bed.














Some of the other design treats I found.



On a walk to Kungsholmen we saw the new Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre by White Arkitekter. We were so lucky to get a private tour in it by one of the staff from the adjacent hotel. The conference hall could serve dinner for 2000 guests at once, catered by the hotel. We also got to see a junior suite on the top floor of the hotel. Unfortunately the photos from the suite didn't turn out very well because of all the bright sunlight from the windows.



We also visited Moderna Museet (the Museum of Modern Art) with a photo exhibition. In the restrooms/toilets there was a 1:12 miniature model that was filmed and displayed on a little TV outside. I almost didn't dare going inside in fear of being photographed "in action" and was relieved (!) to find the model inside.

Moderna Museet shares its vestibule and shop with Arkitekturmuseet (the Museum of Architecture ). Its permanent exhibition of models in different scales displays the architectural history of Sweden.









Some even seemed to be in dollhouse scale. Wouldn't it be great to play with these ones?