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2018 The Year in Miniatures...

This Year in Miniatures

Here is a recap of some of the biggest stories and trends that hit the miniatures world in 2018.

Miniatures in the Mainstream

Darren Scala of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures

Fans of "Fixer Upper" were blown away by this "mom-made" dollhouse refurb inspired by the HGTV hit series starring Chip and Joanna Gaines. A version of this dollhouse made it into production just in time for Christmas available at Target!

New Books Featuring Miniatures

Think Small, The Book of Mini and Frank Kunert

A collection of artisan miniatures are featured in Think Small by Eva Katz and The Book of Mini (available for pre-order) by Kate Unver (of Daily Mini fame!) made it to the market in 2018. Frank Kunert launched his own book featuring a series of his photographs of his miniatures.

The Creepy Dollhouse Trend Continues

Leah Yao, Juli Steel and Max Hooper Schneider

Leah Yao (Fatal Potato) created a Memento Mori for the BadAss Miniatures exhibition at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, Juli Steel's creepy Victorian dollhouse and Max Hooper Schneider put together an abandoned dollhouse for exhibition at "Tryouts for the Human Race" at the Jenny's gallery in Los Angeles.

Why Miniatures? Discuss.

The Guardian: Why We Love Tiny Things

The Guardian took on the growing popularity of miniatures (yay!) in "Small World: Why We Love Tiny Things" by Simon Garfield.

BadAss Miniatures

BadAss Miniatures

"Tiny art without boundaries" caused a little stir at our BadAss Miniatures exhibition in the gallery and featured quirky, defiant and slightly uncomfortable miniatures by over 30 artists including Devin Smith (Awesome, Thanks), Ann Marie Mathius and Kim Clough (Fairchild Art).

Ted Talks: Miniatures

Mohamad Hafez, Mohammed Alamedy and Bill Robertson Ted Talk

Mohammed Alamedy, Bill Robertson (IGMA Artisan) and Mohamed Hafez (Mohamed Hafez Art) talk miniatures in Ted Talks presented over the past year.

D. Thomas Goes to Manhattan!

Gulliver's Gate NYC

We went on a very special field trip to visit Gulliver's Gate, the miniatures attraction in Times Square, New York City which appeals to miniatures enthusiasts and just about everyone else!

Main Stream Media:

Spotlight on Miniaturists

June Clinkscale, Amanda Kelly and Chris Toledo

Several miniaturists were profiled in main stream media including June Clinkscales from Miniatures by June (Tastemade), Amanda Kelly/Panda Miniatures (New York Post) and Chris Toledo (L.A. Times).

Miniatures in Film and Television

HBO Sharp Objects, The Miniaturist and Heredity

It was a banner year for miniatures in film and television. HBO's Sharp Objects and Hereditary with Toni Collette both featured dollhouses as central to their themes and The Miniaturist (PBS/BBC) brought Jesse Burton's popular novel to life in as a series.

Gallery and Museum Shows

Susan Leopold, Bodys Isek Kingelez and Thomas Doyle

Works by Susan Leopold were featured at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New Y0rk City, MOMA exhibited Bodys Isek Kingelez in "City Dreams" and Thomas Doyle showed work at the Bruce Museum's Downsized Small Scale Sculpture (Greenwich CT).

NIx + Gerber (Empire) and , Issac Cordial (birdcage)

Team Nix + Gerber presented mega-sized photographs of their miniatures at a number of galleries across the United States in "Empire" and Issac Cordal was part of an artist residency sharing work in an abandoned convent in Spain.

D. Thomas Fine Miniatures + SquintBox Miniatures

MiniMerch, SquintBox, Hudson River Museum and Auction!

In addition to our new seasonal SquintBox miniatures offering, we launched SquintBox MiniMerch, a line of (people sized!) lifestyle products (wearables, decor and more!) to give miniacs a new way to express their love of minis. We also partnered with talented miniaturists to fill Nybelwyck Hall, the mini manse at the Hudson River Museum and held our first online auction and started selling on Invaluable!

Miniatures Help Promote

miniatures in tv commercials

We companies like Sofi, Apple and New York Lottery featured miniatures to help launch and promote their products in 2018.

Chaotic and Diminutive Disorder

Moju Kojima, Amanda Kelly and Corrine Tryon

Muji Kojima replicated the sad spaces of the departed a mini hoarder miniature, Amanda Kelly's (Panda Miniatures) "Her Bed" and Corrine Tryon's Tiny Crash were filled with discordance and disorganization in 1/12 scale.

Surprise Use of Miniatures

Zombie Peepshow, Jill Orlov and Brooke Weston

Zombie Peepshow's fashionable pair of wedges filled with miniatures, Jill Orlov's full-sized bar cart with a miniature bar set into the piece and Brooke Weston's (repurposed) taxidermy filled with miniatures scenes introduced new and surprising ways of using miniatures.

We took some time to celebrate the miniaturists who make minis - if you have a photo of you and your minis, we invite you to send them in, we'd love to share in a future post!


It was an awesome year for miniatures as more and more people discover tiny and find ways to incorporate the small into their world. Thank you all for your support and love of these little things we love so much we look forward to an even more terrific 2019!

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year - we hope you enjoyed this special year end post. Be sure to share this with other miniacs and have them subscribe here so they never miss an update!



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