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#architecture#miniature#sculpture#Simon Laveuve

In an Imagined Post-Apocalyptic Future, Simon Laveuve’s Eclectic Dwellings Glimpse a Way of Life

June 12, 2024

Kate Mothes

a 1/35-scale miniature construction of a fantastical house with Chinese influences, with numerous levels and details like chairs and signs

“Daikichi” (2024). All images © Simon Laveuve, shared with permission

At 1/35 scale, Simon Laveuve’s meticulously crafted miniature constructions (previously) reveal troves of clues about each dwelling’s absent occupants. From colorful bunting strung between posts to framed pictures, Laveuve’s eccentric buildings appear in a range of states of use in an imagined post-apocalyptic future.

In “Promesse En Solitaire,” or “solitary promise,” a hat recently abandoned on a patio chair suggests the ramshackle island residence is regularly inhabited. On the other hand, in “Ici La Paix” (“here is peace”) a multileveled structure suffers the effects of time and decay, as moss creeps up the walls and rebar hangs from partly-demolished floors.

Laveuve also draws on his own experiences growing up in Paris, where numerous cultures meet. He recalls living on the edge of the 13th arrondissement, where Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian cultures are present in the shops and cuisine. “With ‘Daikichi,’ I wanted to transcribe this heritage,” the artist says. “The Asian district of Paris is a monument of Île-de-France that never ceases to inspire me… I deliberately mixed genres and cultures to merge shapes, colors, and to tell this story.”

Explore more of Laveuve’s fantastical small-scale worlds on his website and Instagram.

a 1/35-scale miniature construction of a fantastical house with a palm tree and island influences, with numerous levels and details like chairs and signs

“Promesse En Solitaire” (2024)

details of a 1/35-scale miniature sculpture of a fantastical house with signs, chairs, doors, newspapers, and other decor

Details of “Daikichi”

a detail of 1/35-scale miniature construction of a fantastical house with a palm tree and island influences, with numerous levels and details like chairs and signs

Detail of “Promesse En Solitaire”

a detail of a 1/35-scale miniature construction of a fantastical house with a palm tree and island influences, with numerous levels and details like chairs, bunting, balloons, and more

Detail of “Promesse En Solitaire”

details of a 1/35-scale miniature construction of a decaying house with numerous levels and details like chairs and framed pictures

Details of “Ici La Paix”

a 1/35-scale miniature, multi-level construction of a decaying house with numerous levels and details like chairs and framed pictures

“Ici La Paix” (2024)

#architecture#miniature#sculpture#Simon Laveuve

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