Friday, 17 December 2010

Modern Miniatures in the D2 magazine

Today the interview was published! I must admit it wasn't in the Moustique magazine, but in the Norwegian financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv's weekend magazine D2 and the journalist wasn't Secco Line either, but Kristiane Larssen, who was a very nice lady, easy to talk with.
But Karl Edo is an important part of the article.

The article is about the growing interest in modern miniature design. Annina, callsmall and Paris Renfroe have also been interviewed. And Minimii and the Emerson house are mentioned with pictures as well. The article is very nice even if it has some minor faults, like Spook House being a Per Spook shop and that Vitra chairs are 1:16, instead of 1:6. I can't find the article in their online magazine, so I can't add a link to it. Instead I'll post a downsized version of some of the pages here, but I'll remove them if requested by D2, or replace them with a link to the article when it turns up in their online magazine. The photos of my dollshouses are by D2's photographer Ivar Kvaal.

Saturday, 11 December 2010


Now that Polly Line's new bedroom is revealed, I can finally show you the progress on the rest of her home without spoiling the surprise. This summer she added another floor to her house, I'm sure many of you can tell that Wes Christensen's fabulous MH1 in 1:12 was a big inspiration for her!
These photos were taken in the late summer, and I think it's nice to look back at warmer and sunnier days now it's cold and white outside (but still beautiful).

View from the livingroom towards the patio

And from the patio towards the livingroom.

Now Helmer's not the only one with a vespa .

Views of the house and patio from Google Earth

One afternoon when Polly was enjoying the nice weather on her roof terrace there was a sudden beam of light.

Guess who's visiting?

Credits: Polly Line's house is made by altering Lundby extension floors. I have repainted them and cut new larger windows with plastic glass and wooden framing. The facade of the ground floor and the supporting wall are made of lego. The patio has paving made of coasters, the back wall of the patio is an Ikea soap dish and the other wall is a wooden table protector.The furniture is vintage Lundby

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something

From her travels with doctor Whatson in Sardis, Polly Line has brought back home many souvenirs from all over the world, and many of them have found their place in her newly decorated bedroom. You can take a closer look of the statue of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi in this post along with some other of Polly Line's Eastern treasures, like the Chinese mudmen on the chest of drawers at the end of her bed.

And here is a full view of the bedroom.

I look at shoes from both sides now...
Polly Line is so found of her chair and her Indian slippers, she had to use them in both photos!

Her perfume bottles and Chinese mudmen. The low chest of drawers is made by the Italian artist Patrizia Santi.

I hope you have enjoyed the visit,

but now it's late and time for bed. Please close the door on your way out.
Sweet dreams, Polly!

Credits: Over her bed Polly Line has a "Tree of life" decoration, it's one part of a pair of earrings, the other one has been sent to Sans, who made Polly's Indian slippers. They were just one of many wonderful treasures she sent me two months ago, but the post didn't deliver them until this week :-) She made them fit so well into the room, even though she had no idea what this room would look like! Aren't they fabulous?
I will make another post later for the other fantastic gifts she sent me.
Thank you Sans!

The lamp is made by me, using Lundby electrical wires and a bead from a necklace. The bed is an Ikea soaptray and the bedding is made by me. The chest of drawers on the sides of the bed are vintage Barton and the chair is vintage Lundby, possibly with a new seat cover (please correct me if I'm wrong). I think the carpet is also vintage Lundby. The purple vase and perfume bottles are made of beads. The lamp on the drawer is re-ment and so is the tiny orange box next to it. She's reading Arabian Nights made by TreeFeathers. Lyrics by Eurythmics

Update: What a fun coincidence,
Tiny Treasures just posted a fabulous video with Annie Lennox from Eurythmics here.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

15 minutes of fame

Ever since Karl Edo got a telephone from a reporter from the journal Moustique who wanted to interview him about Spook House, he's gone around himself in circles. She told him that she would bring a photographer and visit both his home and his shop for the interview, and now he has to make sure that both places are presented in the best way possible. Luckily there isn't much to do about Spook House after he refurnished the exhibition room with the new furniture from Minimii, but his livingroom wasn't even close to its normal perfection after his summer party.

But hard work pays. This is his livingroom just before the journalist and the photographer are expected to arrive.

In the last minute he decides to add a newly arrived red swan chair from Minimii.

Eager to propagate the image of the good host, he has bought some luxurious chocolate to serve them, colour coordinated of course.

Then they arrive. The journalist is Secco Line (Trine Line). Karl Edo hadn't met her before, but Polly Line had mentioned her to him, since she's a cousin of hers. Polly Line had only nice things to say about her, which helps ease his nerves. They shake hands and he offers her some chocolate before they are seated for the interview. Karl Edo, who's usually the rather silent type, becomes much more eager and talkative when he can talk about his favourite subject - modern design - with a good listener. Meanwhile the photographer is upstairs taking photos of the bedroom and terrace.

An hour flies away and the photographer comes downstairs to take photographs of the livingroom. He even moves the furniture around to tidy up his photos. Karl Edo says nothing, but can't help thinking about the tidying up he has to do afterwards. But he's still very happy with it all and can't wait to see the finished article.

Credits: This story is loosely based on real life events, I will tell you more later if or when there is more to tell. For more information on the character Secco Line (Trine Line), read Spirou et Fantasio (Sprint) :-)
The leather furniture is vintage Lundby, the diningroom chairs are re-ment, the diningtable is repainted vintage Barton, and the coffeetable is made by me. The shelves are made of Lego windowframes. Lamps are vintage Lundby and made by me, inspired by Minimodernista's lamp. Accessories are books from Lundby, TreeFeathers and Oese, re-ment and mini finds from all over Europe.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Cold bottom, hot seats

It's a dark and stormy night. Polly Line (still in one piece if you wondered) wants some new chairs for her livingroom and goes to Spook House and her good friend Karl Edo to see if he has something for her. His style's usually too glamorous for her, so she don't really expect to find anything, but on the other hand she's very pleased with the sofa from Annina she bought from him last year. Shivering, she hurries inside.

Karl Edo has actually just received a package of Arne Jacobsen furniture from the Danish company Minimii, and is happy to see Polly Line.

Polly Line already has a purple Arne Jacobsen egg chair, but is thrilled to see a lime green swan chair in the shop. She has to try it out at once!

While sitting in the swan chair she spots some seven chairs she really likes too.
But she doesn't like the price just as much, they're quite expensive.
Being the salesman he is, Karl Edo flips one chair to show her how well these chairs are made and explains that they'll last much longer than cheaper copies.

More photos of the Spook House interior.

Credits: The lip picture on the wall is a postcard from callsmall. The lip sofa is made by me in polymer clay. The large lamp, the ballclock and the lego table underneath it are also made by me. Arne Jacobsen swan and seven chairs by Minimii. Accessories are mostly re-ment and Elisabeth Causeret. Moon lamp, Karl Edo's sweater and mini mini seven chair by Cocco.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

A feary tale

It 's a dark, moonless Halloween night and Annika is dressed up as a witch, ready to trick or treat.

"Hi Tomy, you look great as a ghost!"

But then the real Tomy enters the room, dressed up as a vampire.
"You're not Tomy, aaaah!"

Tomy and Annika run out and away from the ghost as soon as they can.

But when they run through the park they see Arne Vaa hanging from a lightpost!

There are grinning skeletons everywhere!

They have nowhere to turn for safety but to Polly Line's house.

When they get there they see the man known as dr Whatson leaving the house with an axe in his hand. "There has always been something fishy about that man", she thinks. Relieved, they go inside

only to discover a beheaded Polly Line lying in a large puddle of blood on her kitchen floor!

There's a sudden noise. They turn around and see the doctor coming towards them with dead eyes and the axe still in his hand!!
Annika screams

and wakes up in her own bed, her heart beating, but relieved that it was all a nightmare!
She calls "Tomy, do you know what I dreamt tonight? Tomy, Tomy?"

She leaves the bed to wake up Tomy.

"Tomy? Aaaah!"

Credit: Annika's witch hat was made by Bendik and he helped me with the ideas for this story too.
No pumpkins were harmed during the making of this post.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Nuart, Nuart

Polly Line and dr Whatson made a stop in Stavanger on their way home from New York.
There were quite a few tall buildings there as well.

And some not that tall.

"How on earth did we end up here?"

Getting the bigger picture.

Credits: These buildings are part of this years Street art project in the Nuart festival in Stavanger and are power boxes in Pedersgate (Peder's street) painted by the German street artist Evol.