April 3, 2013
Remember when, as a young child, you built your own fort or enclave out of sheets, pillows, and some twigs? You were designing (sort of) without ever realizing it. Sure, you didn’t yet have a trained eye for proportion, volume, shadow, or even color, but you were well on your way. Your parents would eventually notice your constructions and laud you with praise, eager to anoint you the successor to architecture’s greatest masters.
How impoverished, then, are today’s young ones, who, rather than developing their own design talents through the process of making, instead merely learn to consume architecture at a very impressionable age. Self-righteousness aside, we would love to be 5 again so that we could pitch camp in this pint-size version of The Farnsworth House. The miniature modernist classic is just one of several similarly-themed “structures” produced by SmartPlayhouses, which recreate avant-guarde houses at a fraction of the original’s size. Click through to see all of the available models.