Friday, March 25, 2011

Amazing Paper Miniatures

In the past I believe I have made mention of where edgy, original, contemporary ideas and designs of any kind (from kitchenware to architecture,  light installations, clothing, and art) are presented by people from all over the world.  You can subscribe to their daily newsletter and there has been many a moment when my mood has been lifted by the people and their ideas I have encountered there.  On days when I fear humanity is going completely so not in a positive direction, designboom has not failed to show me that there is still,  loads of creative and critical thinking and art and poetry in looking at how to make our world more interesting or different or better. 

Today, I found the Russian duo: Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich who make very small, intricate and amazing paper cuttings.  I subscribe to Cloth Paper Scissors, and they too have wonderful ideas for projects but this floored me because of its minute precision and artful execution of tiny paper sculpture.  You feel these two have a great sense of humor as well.

To give you some perspective:  the two men on the left are playing chess.  Below, you can see how tiny the chessboard is.  Also note the floor, which gives the illusion of being made of shiny, reflective, parquet.  Wow!

So:  do yourself a favor and rush to the link below:

 check out the artists’ site as well:

and lose yourself for a little while  in their tiny but impressive world where (quoted from

“celebrity and historical figures find a second life in these paper miniatures by people too, the collaborative efforts of russian designers alexei lyapunov and lena ehrlich.
using a range of knives, scissors, tweezers, and other tools on wire and a combination of construction and specialty papers, the team creates not only miniature furniture and figures but also entire sets for the pieces. their 'star' series represents famous musicians, from michael jackson to queen to elton john; 'tsar peter and tsarevitch alexey' depicts the happier early days of the famous russian rulers” and their 'office' and 'factory' series recreate scenes from the everyday working world."

~ Tranquility and Tolerance ~

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