Whew, it was a mad dash to the finish line! Go here to view my contest submission photos. It was a rough week, my mother had emergency surgery, and I have learned, for the zillionth time, that if something could go wrong, it will (also, I learned that if you don't finish contest entries early, you will only be able to submit three photos before you run out of time(!)).
In this post, I want to describe the history of the house and provide a few details. First, the house is created from a 1930s Art Deco radio case. These are the "before" pictures:
Here are the "after" pictures:
The concept is an Art Deco bungalow built on a NYC high rise:
There is a roof top patio on this roof top bungalow:
With a drinks cart:
And a piano:
"Glass block walls made out of bobbin cases:
And Strombecker's Art Deco, patio sofa with two chairs:
The kitchen is raised, and there are clear, sliding doors opening to a lighted storage area beneath:
The wallpaper depicts the Brooklyn Bridge against the Manhattan skyline:
The kitchen floor is "top hat" linoleum made from scrapbook paper:
The stairs are made up of domino beads:
The living room has a black and steel tile fireplace:
Which is modeled on an Art Deco fireplace depicted in an episode of "Poirot."
The living room also includes a mirror rug, and a soaring bird light.
The living room furniture is from the Petite Princess line, which was modeled on Hollywood's 1960s glamorized, revival of Art Deco.
I have been working on several miniature replicas of furniture and carpets by Eileen Gray, and Jean Dunand. I did not have time to finish them for the contest, but will add them at a later date.
The mantel is decorated with Egyptian and Asian statues, as well as a Buddha, an "ivory" elephant, and a Chinese Lucky Cat. This type of decoration was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
I hope you enjoyed this history and tour of the Art Deco bungalow. When I started this project I was determined to stay true to the era. I have learned that was a very hard goal to reach. The final bungalow is definitely urbanized, and definitely undersized. It is also, for the most part, true to its Art Deco bones.
Wishing you only good things, Neen