ALL occasions, GIFT IDEAS | December 4, 2007

Mid-century miniatures for the collectors

miniatures by vitra

I am huge fan of mid-century furniture but the style does not fit with my current décor. One way to incorporate them into any home is through a collection. Vitra made exact replica in structure and materials of the mid-century classics reduced at a 1:6 scale.

Collections bring character to a room. If you display them cleverly, they act as conversation pieces. With chairs, you can let your imagination guide you. You see the Arne Jacobsen EGG chair sitting on a tray. The chair even swivels on its base.

If you are a fan of the museum look or you live with a cat or dog, why not get Lucite Vitrine Display Boxes at Miniature Chairs to protect the miniatures from dust and finger prints.

Buying tips

Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet about the chair. A miniature costs $130 USD and up.

Vitra miniature chairs are available in several design stores. Canadian shoppers will be happy to know that Gabriel Ross has a huge selection and the prices are almost at pair.

For Americans, Miniature Chairs seems to have the largest selection. Unica Home also carries other brand miniatures, not just the Vitra chairs. You can find a mini Graves kettle for Alessi,a bonze gold stool miniature by Philippe Starck.

Furnishing a modern doll house

Why not furnish the Villa Sibi modern doll house with all these cool miniatures furniture and accessories? My husband knows that this is a dream of mine. I am waiting to find the right spot for it first; a spot that my cats could not reached.

For children who visit you during the holidays, get the Bauhaus Model House on sale at $20 at Miniature Chairs and let them play in style.

Note: The Free Form Sofa designed by Isamu Noguchi is not available in miniatures but I enjoy the organic form.

Sourcing:
For Americans: DCW Plywood Chair by Charles and Ray Eames at Miniature chairs – price: $140 USD
For Canadians: Vitra Miniatures Eames DCW at Gabriel Ross – price: $160 CAD
Buy online: EGG by Arne Jacobsen at Miniature Chairs – price: 375 USD
Buy online: Vitra Mini Le Corbusier Lounge at Design Within Reach – price: $395 USD
Buy online: Vitra Miniatures Nelson Marshmallow Sofa at Gabriel Ross – price: $684 CAD
Buy online: Vitrine Display Boxes at Miniature Chairs – starts at $44 USD for a 4 inch box, up to $248 for a 12 inch box
Buy online: Vitra Mini – Eames LCM Chair at Design Within Reach – price: $170 USD
Buy online: Vitra and other miniatures at Unica Home

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