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A high quality architectural kit of Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth House. Well designed, fun to construct and something to treasure.
A high quality architectural kit of Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth House. Well designed, fun to construct and something to treasure.
A high quality architectural kit of Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth House. Well designed, fun to construct and something to treasure.
45 backers pledged AU$ 9,279 to help bring this project to life.

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Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth House. Architectural Model Kit

AU$ 9,279

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The idea

"Less is More" - Mies van de Rohe.

Most people in the design or visual arts industry would be familiar with this saying.

I am striving to achieve the opposite... making more (with your help) means I can make more for less.  There's a kind of irony to this and it's something that amuses me.

By making more products I can produce them for less! This is the simple fact when economies of scale are applied... no pun intended!

It's a win win situation. I get to make what I love and you get to build a model of a building that has influenced countless generations of architects.

If this isn't for you then maybe it's the ideal gift for that architect friend of yours. You know .... the one that carries around a little book and is really particular about the pen they write with... the person you never know what to buy for.

I love visiting modern architectural masterpieces when I travel, however I am always disappointed at the selection of souvenirs to take home.

I'd like to produce a collection of exquisite architectural models and I believe that there are others that have the same interest and passion for these great buildings that I do.

My plan is to create a range of products that do justice to these great buildings and their architect's works. My architectural models have a truth to the materials they are made from and the look and feel that they could have come from the architect's own studio.

This is my second Kickstarter campaign, the first was successfully completed and all the rewards delivered.

I have done all the development work for you so you get the fun part of putting it all together. The kit comes with clear easy to follow instructions and unlimited e mail support which I'm sure you won't need, I'm here if you should need me.

The Farnsworth House have expressed their support for my project which is a great endorsement.

Design development

During the design development process I explore numerous approaches to building the model. My aim is to make the construction process as easy as possible while remaining true to the essence of the building and the integrity of the materials I use.

Development Models
Development Models

During the development process I use a variety of techniques and media. Components are modeled in 3d and physical pieces are cut and re-cut numerous times while I perfect the parts to ensure trouble free assembly. This simple animation illustrates the models assembly.

 

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Prototype

The following images are of the prototype.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The model measures W 250mm x H 110mm (tree) x D 150mm.

Packaging and instructions

We have designed a sturdy and simple box to transport our kit. Its a high quality black box with a foiled applied logo. Information about the model is carried on a band that fits around the box.

Packaging box

 

The 3d file used to develop the model is also used to generate the assembly instructions. Every stage will be clearly illustrated and explained. Here is a sample page from my National Opera House kit - the Farnsworth House kit will follow a similar format.

 

Track record

I've been making architectural model kits for a few years now and it is something I'm passionate about. It combines my interest in the built environment and architecture with my love for designing and developing new products. In 2014 I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund my Sydney Opera House model. This was selected as a 'Project we love' by Kickstarter.

For more information about my model kits please visit my site: http://www.littlebuildingco.com or e mail me at enquiry@littlebuildingco.com

Here to you will find testimonials from some of my many happy customers: http://www.littlebuildingco.com/about/testimonials

Rewards

Travel /Storage Box
Travel /Storage Box

 

Travel /Storage Box - Open
Travel /Storage Box - Open

 

Travel /Storage Box - Model Slides Out
Travel /Storage Box - Model Slides Out

 

Finished Model in Acrylic Case
Finished Model in Acrylic Case

 

 

I am raising funds to help put my model kit into production. Your contribution would go towards paying for:

  • Product liability insurance: required to sell my product in the USA
  • The purchase of raw materials
  • Packaging
  • Marketing and the development of any point of sale units
  • Promoting my products to the world and finding distributors

My aim from this Kickstarter project is to raise funds to make an initial 500 units. This is less than I need but more than I could hope for.

Thank you for your support.

Production Schedule

FAQ

(these will go in the FAQ area once my project goes live.

What are your models made from?

Our models are made from traditional model making materials, primarily wood with acrylic and sometimes some printed components.

Can I buy the model assembled?

We believe that we are slowly loosing our dexterity, problem solving skills and appreciation and value of man made objects. Building one of our kits is a rewarding process. It's not instant... you have to build it and in doing so you gain a better appreciation of the building. You will create something we think you will value for years to come.

(yes you can.. please see the rewards section)

Are your models hard to build?

No... just follow our instructions and you should be fine. We provide you with speedy e mail or phone support should you need it... but we don't think you will.

Will I need glue?

Yes a small amount of PVA (wood or craft glue).

Is glue included in the kit?

Glue is not included - the postal service do not like to ship glue as they have concerns about possible leaks.

 

 

Risks and challenges

I believe there are very few risks that could sabotage my project. I have already completed one successful Kickstarter campaign from which I learned a lot.
My project has the approval of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and I propose to manufacture all my models here in my studio giving me complete control over the quality and speed of production.

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Support

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    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $15

    Be part of the team.

    See what we do on a smaller scale. Your name will be added to our Kickstarter thank you page on our website.

    Includes:
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 120 or more About $92

    Home alone...

    The Farnsworth House Kit - you get to build and admire your own handy work.

    Includes:
    • Farnsworth House Model Kit.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 160 or more About $123

    Build it and they will come...

    You build the kit and we supply the acrylic cover.

    Includes:
    • Farnsworth House Model Kit.
    • Clear Acrylic Case.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 180 or more About $138

    It's all yours...

    You build the kit and storage/travel box.

    Includes:
    • Farnsworth House Model Kit.
    • Travel/Storage Box Kit.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $269

    The Display Model

    A constructed model with removable dust cover, ready to display.

    Includes:
    • Constructed Farnsworth House model.
    • Clear Acrylic Case.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 450 or more About $345

    The Lazy Architect.

    Too busy doing your own projects but would love this on your shelf. This ones for you.

    Includes:
    • Constructed Farnsworth House model.
    • Constructed storage/travel box.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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    Pledge AU$ 600 or more About $460

    The Architect's Dream Present!

    All you have to do is open the box.

    Includes:
    • Constructed Farnsworth House model.
    • Clear Acrylic Case.
    • Constructed storage/travel box.
    • Custom engaved message on the travel/storage box if required.
    • Laser engraved Farnsworth House business/thank you card.
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Funding period

- (30 days)