Founded by Robert & Gavin Paisley only as recently as 2011,
East Sussex based Chisel & Mouse have led the brothers on a
journey from 'hobbyists to professional architectural model
makers', and their business looks set to for continued success.
From their Sussex studio, their approach of utilizing both
traditional sculpting tools and cutting edge techniques (is the
name starting to make sense yet?) such as the increasingly
accessible 3D printing, allow them to reproduce the architect's
original design to fantastic tactile effect and detail. It is a
method with which they are becoming more and more dedicated to,
whilst exploring future applications of the technology for their
business, such as accepting bespoke commissions of your own private
property to adorn your mantlepiece.
Their range of models span many recognisable landmarks from
football stadiums to bus terminals, particularly in the beautiful
Art Deco style, and the range continues to grow. I'm sure they have
received a lot of commission requests in their short time already.
Being Glasgow based (and architecture graduates) ourselves, we are
particularly fond of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh models. We have
some buildings we would love to see, but perhaps the biggest
challenge would be a reproduction of Gaudi's work!
The models themselves are weighty and feel exactly as you hope
them to. The single colour of the cool, smooth plaster lets the
attention to detail such as the finely etched metal mullions and
window frames shine through. They come professionally presented and
protected in black boxes which also contain a description of the
Postcard Row, San Francisco
With the forthcoming 'Town House' collection expected to be
released early in the New Year, along with accepting an increasing
amount of commissions where possible, there is plenty to keep the
pair busy. Take a look through some samples of their work below for
great Christmas gift ideas.
Flatiron Building, New York
Abbey House, Marylebone
Willow Tea Rooms & Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie
Battersea Power Station, London
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Bankside Power Station, London
More of their collection can be viewed and bought at http://www.chiselandmouse.com/architectural-models.html
Follow them on Twitter @ChiselandMouse
by Chris Johnstone, Tendify.com