Friday, June 4, 2010

A miniature world

In the recent NYT magazine, did you notice the little piece on Ji Lee's parallel worlds? The very talented graduate of Parsons is currently the creative director of the google lab but his other passion is the 'empty' space all around us.You know what I mean by that? Well -the pictures probably make it pretty clear -but ceilings and backs of business cards are 2 things he mentioned in the article. He sees these areas in our modern world as yet another great place to express yourself. In one of these miniature rooms for instance, he has placed a tiny guitar and Jimi Hendrix posters to express the inner rockstar of the client. What a charming idea, don't you think? The idea of anything in miniature generally will gain my support: so cute!
His idea of this parallel universe going on amongst our daily lives is also a pretty interesting one. Remember the children's book, the borrowers, by Mary Norton: Tiny little people stealing small items from us all and living their lives behind our very walls? That notion always intrigued me. If not behind our walls, why not on our blank white gypsum board ceilings which no one seems to notice in our modern age.I remember years ago seeing an article about an older woman who collected miniatures (or doll house furniture, whichever you prefer to call it) and arranged rooms on her bookshelves in her living room: LOVE that idea. I think we all like to play god on some level and be the master of a smaller universe. Why not take after Ji Lee and place them on your ceiling?

9 comments:

Dandy said...

I once read an article by a man who was lucky enough to visit Greta Garbo in her NYC apartment. She left the room for a moment, and on a whim he lifted the skirt of the sofa he was sitting on and looked underneath. There were little figures set up. I always found that so wonderful.
The other little world thing that comes to mind is the tiny clay villages on the staircase of, I think the Whitney museum in NYC.
Fascinating stuff. Great post.

Kerry said...

I suppose it would be useful to create a miniature of one's own home with the same furniture, drapes, etc. and experiment on a small scale. This way your "great idea" that turns out to be a disaster is a tiny one.

Clarity said...

His pieces have a quirky charm. Visiting Marrakesh and Instanbul has shown me that other cultures already make beautiful use of ceilings, sometimes they eclipse the rest of the surfaces too.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Facinating! There is something about miniture anything I always love and find so intriguing.

Lesley said...

An idea to be used with some restraint.

The beauty of space is space itself!

Best Wishes
Robert

camdesign said...

A few weeks ago I received from a friend a sweet mini chair...got home to remember I had a very small lamp & put them together on a table in my condo, a few days later showing someone in my office a picture of this silly pair she reminded my of a few miniature rug samples I had saved when they were discontinued... so I added the rug to the now vinette... now I need a throw and pillow.
I truely did it for fun, but the other night during a party my hubby put the lamp on, it sure started the conversation of what I do for a living that night... lol

thinkchic said...

I think that is really stupid. There isn't architecture, there isn't project. Is one of the ugliest and stupid thing that I ever seen.

Thombeau said...

Craziness! I love it!

shiree segerstrom said...

So glad I found you. Love your Fioli posting! I posted on Yosemite last week. Two great northern California beauties. Shiree'