Mies van de Rohe's Farnsworth House. Architectural Model Kit
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here to you will find testimonials from some of my many happy customers: http://www.littlebuildingco.com/about/testimonials
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
- 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.
(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.
- (30 days)