There are niche art projects, and then there is an Etsy shop that specializes in papercraft scale models of the sets from beloved (and less-beloved) television sitcoms and talk shows. Have you wondered how best to demonstrate to the world your love of both the Golden Girls and of expertly folded paper? Fear not--Everyday Miniatures has your back.
The brainchild of designer Alan Ronay, the scale models include the Golden Girls house, the Addams Family house, the I Love Lucy apartment, and--for reasons that are a bit unclear--the set for season 10 of The Ellen Degeneres Show (not to be confused with the comedian's eponymous mid-'90s sitcom).
"I start by designing the layout of each set," Ronay writes in the "about" section of his Etsy profile. "Since I have only the TV shows themselves to work with and no blueprints or sketches of the sets, I have to imagine what the dimensions and angles are. Sometimes I'm lucky to find some behind-the-scenes pictures that help me resolve issues with the layout. I then have to draw each and every wall and piece of furniture. Next, I print all the pieces on high-resolution artist paper and mount the pieces on boards."
The result is a painstaking and obviously very loving recreation of the TV sets. His Addams Family is tinged with the purple-ish greyscale that enhances the show's creepiness, while his I Love Lucy is a brighter, more cheerful version of black-and-white. (Ellen and The Golden Girls are in full color, naturally.) And while Ronay's Everyday Miniatures Etsy shop sells completed versions of each of the sets (at prices in the $300 range), he's also not bogarting the designs: blueprints for The Golden Girls and The Addams Family are available for download at a few bucks each. If he can make his own custom Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia action figures next, Ronay will be downright unstoppable.
[Image courtesy of Disney, ABC]