Chisel & Mouse
Everyone knows that original Christmas presents are always hard to find. If you have an architect or a lover of architecture in your family the plaster models from Chisel & Mouse would be a perfect gift.
Chisel & Mouse was recently started by brothers Gavin and Robert Paisley. Their models are created using a mixture of new technology and traditional skills. They use CAD and 3D printing to create the original prototype. The models are then hand crafted in plaster with the final touches etched into the models.
My favourite model of the initial release is the Battersea Power Station model. Having lived in London for the past 20 years the building is one of my local landmarks so it’s lovely to see it created in plaster. If you are a Spooks fan you will recognise the exterior of Freemasons’ Hall shown below. This building, in Great Queen Street, doubles as Thames House in the popular BBC TV programme.
If you have an Arsenal fan in your family the model of their old stadium in Highbury would definitely appeal. The fabulous Art Deco building is brought to life with subtle red details. If you know a Gooner still mourning the move to the Emirates stadium this would be an ideal present!
Other models in the first release include the Hoover Building, Westminster Abbey and Broadcasting House. The models are around 25cm high and cost between £59 and £89. If you are feeling extravagant they can also produce a plaster model of any building you ask for around £750.
The brothers Gavin and Robert say this about their products “Beautiful models of beautiful buildings: these works of art light up any room. Place these ornaments on mantelpieces, desks, sideboards or bookshelves and share the architects’ vision every day”. I have to say I love them – can I put the Battersea Power Station model on my Christmas list please?