02 December 2009

little toys for big boys...

as m21 was waiting in line at barnes and noble to purchase that latest in the twilight series*, we spied these great architectural landmark lego building sets- we almost bought the hancock tower model right then and there, because it is most definitely is our favorite skyscaper ever. maison21 thinks @$19.99, they'd make great stocking stuffers for the architectural buff in your life. m21 even thinks that the "landmarks" would look great grouped as a display on a desk or shelf in an audlt office or study (to really display nicely though, you'd have to jerry rig bases to stagger their heights, as they are all roughly the same 6-7" size). the falling water and the guggenheim models are larger and more intricate (and much more expensive), but something about the smaller scale really appealed to us- the larger models just seem a tad geeky to display, kind of like displaying a model of the millennium falcon in your bedroom as an adult- not so cute.

*speaking of geeky, j/k on the twilight purchase- we read trashy novels all the time, but that particular flavor du garbage holds no appeal. if we want to read about vampires, we'll stick to sookie stackhouse novels, thank you very much.

when m21 returned home to google the series, he was led to the website of artist adam reed tucker who created the series for lego, and there, m21 found what he really wants for xmas- lego models of his favorite buildings but as tall as a grown man! awesome! and, yes, we'd really display one in our home (as sculpture). i guess you can 't take the geeky little boy out of the middle-aged decorator after all...

4 comments:

Paul Anater said...

Wow! Fantastic! The Chrysler Building AND the Gugg? It's almost too much to think about. Thanks for the idea here, I had no idea these things existed.

Tiina said...

absolutely fabulous!

maison21 said...

paul- i saw the guggenheim on some blog a while back, but i had no idea about the smaller buildings which really caught my eye. i'm trying to be good with my spending this year, but i'm going to have to break down and get a couple i think.

tiina- i agree!

magnaverde said...

I'm totally into Lego, and I think I need that Hancock Building model, too: I pass it on my way home every night. Right now, the top floor is red & green stripes, although I think the stripes need to be wider. Fewer, but wider.

As for the jumbo models, I don't think the big spiral at the right will ever be much more than that--a model. Right now it's just a gigantic hole in the ground, and I think it should stay that way. If they really want to turn this money pit into a tourist attraction (rather than a reminder of might have been), they could line it with a spiral of lush, cascading gardens, like an inverted Tower of Babylon, another visionary project that came to naught.

With FLW, Lego missed the boat. They should have done one of Wright's textile block houses, since the Fallingwater model's busy surface looks nothing like its smooth, flowing, cement-rendered planes, and a lot like the rich texture of the Ennis House & the Hollyhock House. But they didn't ask me. Oh, well, their loss.