Ginny's Dollhouse
Ginny's Dollhouse

16 Intricate Miniature Rooms

Ginny's Dollhouse
Ginny's Dollhouse

Furniture is just furniture and rooms are just rooms, but when they're tiny they suddenly become fascinating and adorable.

1. A Library Within a Library

Courtesy of Tim Sidford/Sweetington

Tim Sidford makes amazing "shelf rooms" meant to be displayed between rows of books.

2. A Cupful of Czarina

Courtesy of TinyT42

This miniature of the last Russian Czarina's Mauve Room was made inside a teacup.

3. The Summer of 1885

Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This room is styled after a 19th century summer kitchen. It's part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection, miniatures commissioned in the 1930s and '40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

4. Pretty in (Mostly) Pink

Courtesy of SDKMiniatures

This room is only 1 inch tall and 1.5 inches wide.

5. Reaching Nirvana

Courtesy of BelinaTLV

This room has a music theme—records, a guitar, and a Kurt Cobain poster on the wall.

6. Traditional in the Orient

Courtesy of DollhouseAra

An Etsy seller in Korea made this miniature room.

7. A Toasty Little Cubebot

Courtesy of Mini Modern

This designer used a Cubebot toy to make a fireplace in this mini room.

8. Ready To Go

Courtesy of DollhouseAra

Aww. It's a miniature foyer with tiny matched luggage.

9. Red Corduroy Couches? It was the '50s.

Courtesy of The Toy Box

This vintage living room furniture is the right size for a Barbie
doll. Too bad Barbie's dress doesn't match the midcentury modern look.

10. Cooking in a Cigar Box

Courtesy of JanelLovesCrafts

This rustic kitchen was made out of an old cigar box.

11. A Living Room for the Classic American

Courtesy of MiniPlacesStudio

This classic American living room is very convincing.

12. Just Right for the Dowager Countess

Courtesy of Ginny'sDollhouse

A room inspired by the drawing room of Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

13. Reclaimed Wood for the Hipster

Courtesy of NapkinMaps

Reclaimed wood is apparently a selling point even for miniature people.

14. Borrowing a Little from Greece and Rome

Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This Federal era drawing room is also part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection.

15. A Room with a View

Courtesy of Stewf

Check out the carved wood around this diamond-paned window.

16. Inception: Miniatures Inside a Miniature Room

Courtesy of Shenghung Lin

This nursery scene has three even tinier miniatures inside it.

Courtesy of Studio Segers
These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
Courtesy of Studio Segers
Courtesy of Studio Segers

When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

Recycled bench.
Courtesy of Studio Segers

The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

[h/t design milk]

The Elements
Sit Down at a Periodic Table That Holds Samples of Every Element

The periodic table maps out the atomic numbers, electron configurations, and chemical properties of all the elements found on Earth (both in nature and in the lab). But have you ever wondered what a traditional periodic table would look like as a physical table? That’s the question Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray asked himself years ago, and the wooden Periodic Table Table was his answer.

As you can see in the video below from Reactions, the furniture piece he built at his office looks like something you might find in your dining room, albeit a little more educational. Its surface features dozens of wooden squares, each one etched with the information for a different element. Beneath each wooden panel, there's a compartment that contains a sample of that element from the real world.

Gray’s table includes straightforward examples of the elements, like a jar of mercury and a chunk of bismuth, as well as some more creative entries like an aluminum knee implant. The 2400-plus items in his collection have long since spilled beyond the table and onto his shelves. While many of the objects are stored within the table itself, in some cases, he has too many examples of one element to keep them in the same spot. Some, like the knee implant, are just too bulky to fit. Valuable elements like gold and dangerous items—like a radioactive bottle of the early 20th-century quack-medicine Radithor—are also kept in more secure locations.

Even Gray’s vast inventory reflects just a small slice of how we see the chemical elements manifested in everyday life. For more examples of where you can find elements in the world around you, check out this illustrated table.

[h/t Reactions]


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