The Duesbury Modern Miniature House

The World of Miniatures is an interest that grows expedientially. It is good finding like minded people on the weird wild web. I am currently designing a Modern Miniature House called "The Duesbury" using a combination of Vectorworks, computer drafting, MDF material(now perhaps plywood) and CNC Routing. This house seems to take the same time as a full sized house like ones built on 'Grand Design'. I will display the progress of the new house soon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Garage Diorama

One may remember that the Garage, shown here nearly finished, started many moons ago and far, far down below on this blog. The garage has sat waiting through many house and content moves. It still needs some bric 'a' brak under the bench and a dusting of dust to finish the diorama. I will photo the Garage properly when finished. By the way the trees are made from grape stalks and chilli flakes (autumn)  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Things certainly change; I have moved twice in the recent history, am now single and all the stuff for making are in boxes. Still life goes on and today I started arranging the workshop and have got some champagne cork wire so am thinking and have been encouraged to make a French Deli Diorama.
 So C'est la vie.....
Jacques Tati is one of my favourites.

Check out this little object I found at a second hand shop, apparently it is a souvenir of  Uri Gagarin and has been valued at $250 by the Globe Shop in USA. Certainly a miniature item.
As "they" say watch this space.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Two Floors in a Drawer

The other drawer(see further down this blog)
Everything except the drawer,steel balls, the die and the record player is bespoke, made in my workshop and kitchen table,
Modelled in 1980 style, you may recognise the Dublin Sofa as designed by Marco Zanini in the Memphis Style.
The Diorama is in 1/24scale.
And that wall and door is really 'painted' in hundreds and thousands(as they call it in Australia)
I am offering this and some other sculpture in CutArt, Cuttagee Artists Group, Sth NSW, Australia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hammered Dulcimer

This is another thing I make.

This is a Hammered Dulcimer, made using Red Gum and antique Cedar, a bit of Huon Pine.

Strings and things from Music Makers in the US.

Now I am learning the play it.

Bodhi House

Some photos of the Bodhi House with some of furniture I made. The bed and all bedclothes, acrylic table and chairs, side tables and the Bodhi House made by Studio SWS. Miniature car and caravan, Shuco. Elephant, Eames replica, Elf Miniatures. Plants, BILO. Owl, found object.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Xmas from Nik Nak and Demitasse

Look at my cake

Nik Nak and Demitasse inside the PRD made container house
Prd Kitchen, Elf Chairs Heidi ott Christmas tree decorated by us.
Kitchen table and coffee table and lights by Studio SWS.
Clock by Mini Modernista

Friday, December 3, 2010


This room box I made for the Wattyl Paint Competition.
Everything in this creation is made by me
except for the V. Panton miniature chair and the plant from Elf Miniatures.
The roombox, the bed and bedclothes, the dresser, the lamp, the surfboard and the wall behind the bed were made by Studio SWS .
This miniature scene was inspiring to make and will serve to help me when decorating the Bodhi House

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


The Bodhi House is now ready for sale.
The House comes flat pack with easy construction grooves.
Made from marine ply which I feel is more ecological than MDF.
Comes if wanted with corrugated 'Iron' roof. As seen on the garage post way below.
The Bodhi House is 60cmx30cm(base),26.5cm high when constructed.
The Bodhi House $50.00 +
postage to wherever you live.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Bodhi house Moon Gate wall

The Bodhi House
Showing the Moon Gate wall between the rooms

The Bodhi house

The Bodhi House
Made with plywood,cut with grooves for easy construction
Will post pictures when the it is corregated iron clad, making it into a beach shack
Really a fancy room box.
With a few bits of stuff(as architects call it)
Bed, Huon Pine
Table, Huon and Myrtle

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It all takes time

I have got the miniature house to this stage and of
course the to scale bed in the top floor looks too big#%*. I had made a prototype modern chandelier for the foyer but it is also too big as I designed it to fit the space when we thought to remove the foyer ceiling/floor, but now we are turning the upper floor into a studio (arty types). Also as I put the house together I forgot to check for squareness and when I put the right wing on the main, there was a need for adjustment to fit everything nicely. So for the novice(me) check for square when glueing.
Some of the furniture I make but some we are getting from one of the well known miniature bloggers.I will say who when we get the items.
At least the wiring is in. I am using LED as a battery pack 3V is easier than a transformer, with a tiny switches for each light.
Also I would not recommend spiral stairs in a full size house. Too problamatic geomancy wise. House now gone...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In the meantime

As we all know, things creatively take longer to make than first thought. I am waiting for the Emersom House to be available. Even though I believe that the makers of this house are a dedicated producer, they wrote that they are still working on the packaging system. This Emerson House has been in production as I have seen for quite a while and I can relax a bit from worrying about the houses I am creating, the Duesbury House and the Bodhi House and the others I like to work on, there is one I have on the drawing board called the Spooky House.
Thank you to all of you who have shown interest in our interest.
Priscila Lima, you must have something to show us miniature wise make a blog

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Time for action

When the plywood comes in I have also designed another house called 'The Bodhi House'.
I have been sending my son and his wife pieces of miniature furniture that I make, so I have designed/ designing a sort of beachhouse or shack to put their furniture into. It will be open fronted and clad with (Australian)wriggle 'iron'( corregated 'iron')
I have been wrestling with the use of MDF because of the fragileness waterwise and because of the toxic glue used to make it and also it contains silicon which blunts tools.
I know that it is made from timber as is plywood, but plywood is closer to natural or solid timber.
As plywood is cross layered, it is strong.
As someone said "That what I like about nature, it's so natural"

Monday, May 17, 2010

ON MY WISHLIST Baidai Diorama

I have been noticing what you lot like certain miniature house to lust after.
So I have been thinking about any miniature diorama that I would want that I didn't make.
So this is it.(pant, pant)
"Baidai Diorama among miniature collectables"
Showing Ginza Street Tokyo April 1955
Only 2000 were made and fetch above $2500
Somewhere there is a video of the working model.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Up and Down

Here is the bare bones of a Diorama I am making, 2nd. in the 1950's Drawer.
Everything except the drawer is fabricated by me, lights, beds, walls Memphis style sofa and furniture. This Diorama has a working title of Up and Down.
It represents the life of two different social strata in the same apartment block
The standard lamp didn't show well in this photo it is muti coloured
The car on the left is part of a little collection growing. I intend to get some Schuco cars for display as a miniature in a miniature (Thanks Call of the Small)
I just scanned some of the followers blogs, boy talk about creativity, each time I look the output has tripled.
We are still overcoming flooding and the repairs to our home. Our output is crawling along.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Still designing

As I work as well as make, the "Duesbury" is becoming very involved for such a 'simple' design.
I am trying to design it to be flat packed so it can be sent anywhere. But as I am a neurotic, perfectionist miniature house designer/ maker. So ever time I get on the computer to tweek the plan I see something needs attention. If bought flat pack, the floors need to slide in in place and the walls placed where needed for support as in a real house. Getting the dimensions is important. Those of you who use drafting software know that near enough is not good enough. Lines that meet in normal view are nowhere near when zoomed.
Anyway the upshot is that the Duesbury is still coming and at the same time I am working on a house with a working name of Spooky House, So more of that soon.
Regards to you all from Mahesha D Philpot

Monday, March 15, 2010

Flooding, resting and curling

Thank you to you creative people for the following of this blog site.

Our little site has slowed due to the flooding in southern NSW Australia and now we are still waiting for the carpet people to upheave the house again and of course, as some of you will recognise, a lot of our miniature supplies is in some box or somewhere else.
Maybe this is just take in breath, a rest, and when the dust has settled, clarity will emerge.
I enjoy in the meantime looking at the sites in 'following' and in my links.
Anyway here is a picture of "Forever Emily and Lisbel" sitting in my Curly Chair

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Beach Scene Diorama

Marmalade Sky and Bear
Outfit and Bear hat
made by
Studio SWS

Goth Dress
Studio SWS

Pretty Pretty
Sitting on Chair o Chips
Studio SWS

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Duesbury Miniature House project

Here is a sneak preview of the Duesbury Miniature House. As it is a modern house I use modern technology to basic cut and hand making to finish. This mockup prototype is guarded by our beloved Indiana Pearl.
The design is copyright and has 4 floors and for the Modern Miniature House, has a lift, no stairs. The Duesbury will be available ready to assemble or fully assembled. All windows and doors are provided. For the fully assembled, ready for your diorama.
I will be selling a small range of conptempary furniture. Some are shown on this website

Monday, January 11, 2010

Miniature Huon Pine Table

Miniature Huon Pine Refractory Table.
One of the refractory table that I make for sale.
This Table is in the 1/12 scale

Miniature Arm Chair and Side Table

1/12 Miniature Huon Pine Arm Chair with Side Table.
Made using Huon Pine that we brought up from Tasmania.
Seating cushion made from Neck tie.

Miniature Acrylic Table

Miniature Acrylic Table
Made to experiment with

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Miniature Diorama

The Renovation
Apart from the drawer, we made virtually everything found objects, constructed furniture, ladders, doors, bed, screen, chest of drawers, curtains and bedclothes.
Made in 1/24 scale in a 1950,s drawer
Miniature Scene.

1/12 Acrylic table setting

1/12 scale
Miniature Acrylic table and chairs. Made with white and clear acrylic .
Hand bent in our Studio
If you have any special request for this type and the other larger chairs please email me.

1/12 Clear Acrylic Table and Chairs

Miniature Acrylic Clear Table and Chairs.
Made in the 1/12 scale.
For a contempary diorama or miniature furniture collection.
If you want to buy a set please email.

Garage Diorama

The roof cladding.
Made from corregated cardboard.
I couldn't get just the riggle so got single sided and remove the straight backing.
In Australia this type of roof cladding is called wriggle iron.

Garage Diorama

The Garage Diorama
The roofing
The start of the Diorama Garage.
The structure is being made as if it is fullsize, studs and noggins.

Miniature Modern House

The Maison de Plasique
inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
(Thanks for the spelling Dream Dollshouse)
Coloured and clear Acrylic.
$850 plus P/H
Allowing 3/4weeks before delivery.

Miniature Pullip Size Chair

This Acrylic Barrel Chair has been appropriated by
our daughter in law's bear Chos

Curly Chair and Friend

The Curly Chair ( made by me) with the Pullip and her dress
made by the other designer at Studio SWS

Any one for Chips

This things one can make with Acrylic.
"The French Fries Chair"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Miniature Diorama

Miniature Diorama
The Potting Shed
Everything except the actaul watering can is made by us
This diorama has been sold

Miniature Table

This Miniature Table is made in the refactory style and is made from Tasmanian Oak.
This table is also made with other Tassie Timber such as Huon Pine and Myrtle
175mm x 60mm x60mm
1/12 Scale
For Diorama and miniature settings

1/12 Miniature Bookcase with books and sculptures

Miniature Bookcase.
With items and books made to suit a diorama or doll house setting.
Each Bookcase will come with different books and items
Made to suit 1/12 scale. See 50c Australian coin for size
This item has been hand made in our southcoast NSW Australia studio.
Studio SWS