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By Henry Kupjack
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About this project

Our Goal

To create a high-quality coffee table book depicting 72 of the over 600 miniature rooms created in the studio by my father, Eugene Kupjack and me, Henry Kupjack.  To spread our love for miniatures and historical spaces into living room across the world!

A glimpse into the vault at Kupjack Studios, 2012
A glimpse into the vault at Kupjack Studios, 2012

Why Miniatures?

As Thomas Hoving, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, said about Kupjack miniatures, “[They] seem to merge the experience of age with the magic of childhood.” We believe that miniatures offer something for everyone: they have the power to enchant, to delight, to educate, and to realize fully (albeit in smaller form) a time and a place that has been lost to history.

Louis XVI Dining Room
Louis XVI Dining Room
Kupjack Candelabra given to Backers at the Silver Level and above
Kupjack Candelabra given to Backers at the Silver Level and above

Moreover, the community of miniature artists, collectors, and hobbyists is growing rapidly, and deserves to see this type of work accepted worldwide. Drawing on the well-known Kupjack name (with miniature rooms on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a number museums elsewhere), we hope that the coffee table book can raise awareness and appreciation of miniatures as a folk art form.

Why a Coffee Table Book?

Most of the best-known miniature rooms, from the Kupjack Rooms to the Thorne Rooms, can only be seen in museums or traveling art exhibitions. This means that many people who don’t live near a museum exhibiting these rooms might never have a chance to see the rooms up close. By publishing a high-quality coffee table book and making it available worldwide, we can bring the miniature room experience to those who can’t come to it!

18th Century Ottoman Coffee House, Rahmi Koc Museum, Instanbul
18th Century Ottoman Coffee House, Rahmi Koc Museum, Instanbul

For a long time, few people published coffee table books of miniature rooms, because in a photographed image the room often looks normal-sized. However, recent innovations in large-format photography allow us to capture the intricacy of the miniature rooms’ design, while maintaining the 1:12 scale that delights all those who see them in real life.

San Francisco Saloon
San Francisco Saloon

Why Should I Back This Project?

-Because you love miniatures, or love someone who loves miniatures.

-Because you think that teaching kids and adults about history through a detailed look at how people lived in the past is a pretty nifty idea.

-Because you’re fed up with all this talk about Kindles and iPads, and you think people need to remember the feel of a good, hefty book before it’s too late.

-Because you believe the arts are meant to be shared by all!

Biedermeier Library, 19th Century
Biedermeier Library, 19th Century

When Will the Book Be Done?

If we meet our project goal, we expect to start shipping both the soft cover and hard cover edition in November 2013 - just in time for holiday gifts. 

Pirate Captain's Cabin, 17th Century
Pirate Captain's Cabin, 17th Century

How Else Can I Help?

Share share share!! Tell your friends about this campaign, post it on your Facebook and Twitter pages, forward it to your favorite forums or email lists, whatever. Every little bit helps. 

Risks and challenges

Why So Much?

Unfortunately, large-format photography is a major undertaking that requires purchasing new equipment and overhauling our studio for the duration of the shoot. In addition, more archival research must be done to ensure that the historical summaries are as rich and accurate as possible. Then there’s formatting and design, printing, binding, shipping, distributing, and all the other costs that go along with producing a book we can all be proud of!

We have selected a printing house, a photographer, and graphic designer and we are ready to begin - this Kickstarter format means our project goal is all or nothing so the biggest challenge right now is reaching that amount.

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    You will receive a download link to ten high resolution photos of some of our favorite rooms from the book. Every pledge level higher than this one is also entitled to the downloads.

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    You will receive the download link AND a 13" by 19" print of your choice - the Louis XVI Dining Room OR the Montmorenci Stair Hall miniature room with clothespins. If you want a print at any other pledge level, just add $25 to the base amount. For reference: The Louis XVI image is depicted on this page and the Montmorenci image starts the video.

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    You will receive the download link and BOTH 13" by 19" prints. If you want both prints at any other pledge level, just add $40 to the base amount.

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    You will receive a hard cover copy of the book.

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    You will receive an autographed hard cover copy of the book.

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    Bronze Level Backer - You will receive an autographed hard cover copy of the book, a soft cover copy and both prints.

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    Silver Level Backer - You will receive a limited edition miniature French Empire bronze 23k gold plated candelabra created by Kupjack studios specifically for this campaign. This piece is a copy of the candelabra in the miniature room of Henry Kupjack's loft featured in the book. You will also be listed as silver backer in the book & you will receive two autographed copies of the book. You will also be acknowledged on my website, www.kupjack.com

    A photo of the candelabra can be seen on this page. Want a pair of the candelabra? Add another $250 to your pledge.

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    Gold Level Backer -- Everything in the Silver Level above including the candelabra plus a tour of my studio for you and four guests when you are in the vicinity of Chicago.

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    Platinum Level Backer - Everything in the Gold Level above only instead of two autographed hard cover copies you will get NINE and you will get substantial acknowledgement in the book. Two sets of candelabras and as well as the tour of my studio you will also get a personalized tour of the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago led by the exhibit's curator.

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