The rails, mouldings, the wood grain, it swirls, it turns, step-by-step. This is one aspect of a love affair with architecture, where admiring such qualities of a staircase can simply sweep me off my feet, literally and figuratively speaking.
Fine craftmanship and architecture are evident in many-a-staircase and this applies to miniature ones too. I find them fascinating and love to see how they are displayed in homes, adding structurally-appealing works of art just as you would see in a statue or sculpture.
Below is a fine example of an architectural model lamp.
The above is Mr. Gibson's personal residence. You can read more about it in a New York Times article featured late last year. You can also learn more about this timeless and classic designer on The Skirted Roundtable's recent podcast. His design style is one I identify with and I admire his ability to mix antiques, trade-only items and items from Target and Ballard Designs. It's the best of everything!
As I delve into learning more about architectural models and staircases, I discovered more insight from reading a 2008 blog entry by a local DC designer, Raji Radhakrishnan. I was intrigued by a collection of antique staircases that once belonged to Bill Blass, featured by Ms. Radhakrishnan. Her perspective was very enlightening.
David Linley, whose craftmanship is breath-taking, to say the least, offers handsome architectural boxes and a replica of The Metropolitan Museum of Art which serves as a jewelry box. Proceed with caution to Mr. Linley's website as the prices will make you blink. It is worth a look though.
Browsing eBay, I found a number of collectible architectural models being offered at reasonable prices.
Investment pieces, they are, where options are offered at 1stdibs.
I will now close this post by saving I now have an urge to visit Monticello. And I hope you enjoyed the journey into decorative architectural miniatures as much as I did.