Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yay! Paint job is finished!

Modular Mini's prototype of the first module has been painted this week. Now this first version has been finished I already small things that can be improved. But the major part of the design is as I imagined it to be!

A big hurray for Marieke who given so much effort to build it! And now she seems to be unstoppable en wants to build a prototype of the second module. I can't wait!

In the meantime I'm making drafts of the furniture. So the designing process goes on!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The first images of the prototype!

Still just in the primer but all ready some furniture inside the Modular Mini. I bought some Lundby items on Amazon just to get right the feeling when there was something in the house. On the spot we decided that there had to be a window in the kitchen and that we had to add something to the terrace. 
So Marieke took the house back home by bus and train (!)  to do the adjustment, work on the stairs and finish the painting. The interior walls, ceiling and floor stay white De fireplace and the outside will be painted in grey to add some contrast.
Curious about the results? Tomorrow I'll post new pictures.

Monday, February 14, 2011

70-ties doll's house of Monique

My colleague designer and interior photographer Monique of Q Creationz wrote me an email this evening. The designing process of Modular Mini reminded her of the doll's house her grandmother made for her in the 70-ties. She even sent me a picture:

Even though it is in black and white, I love the decor en the many retro details. Check the floor lamp in the lower right room!
How nice it  would be if everybody sends a picture of their childhood doll's house! So if you have a special memory of your house. Share the story and if you have a picture, it would be lovely!

The first drafts

Today Marieke had the first of her two final assessments. Together with her teacher I had to judge her work and how she went to the process. When I was talking with her teacher while filling in the forms I saw I could only choose between sufficient and insufficient. I thought sufficient didn't describe the kind of work she delivered the past couple of months so I was very happy that her teacher agreed with me to give her the extra note of excellent performance..

Marieke was so happy with this result that she got tears in her eyes, actually I didn't keep them dry myself.

Afterwards we where talking about the process we went trough and Marieke took all the notes and paper from her bag. And there they where, the first drafts. Hadn't seen them in months! Funny how to see that we stayed so close to our first sketches during the entire process.

If you are wondering what kind language is written on the drawing, I tried to write upside down. I promise not to do that again!

First look at the prototype!

Exciting moment. Checking if the desired design is working.
The wall between kitchen and living room turned out too small, taking a look with a thicker wall. And a piece of wood is placed to check how wide the fireplace has to be.
Everything is not glued here, just checking measurements.

Prototype building process

Sometimes you just need some extra help to keep things in place during model making

The design process

Drawing, taking notes, erasing, playing in Sketchup. Lots of work to come to a design that is sustainable, modern and affordable