Chris Toledo is the name of the artist and designer behind numerous miniature houses that cost more than full-sized and livable homes.
We can literally say that the secret behind these homes is the details. Chris Toledo was born, raised, and lives in Los Angeles and creates miniatures houses, all done in 1/12 (or 1:1) scale and the style of his house are influenced and base on the early 20th-century and the designer uses many references from that time when he builds the homes as well as inspiration from the city he calls home.
“From the revival mansions of Hancock Park to the romantic villas from the Old Hollywood period, this city never ceases to inspire,”Chris Toledo, in AD USA.
Nutshell News magazine that Chris found one day, when he was a child, at the doctor’s office was probably the start of all of this. The magazine was dedicated solely to the craft of dollhouses and miniatures. Little did he know that he would become a designer of incredible tiny houses and that he would become absolutely mesmorized by woodworking, sewing, painting, interior designer, architecture, and history.
“That very same year I asked for my first dollhouse kit for Christmas, and it began a true love affair.”Chris Toledo, in AD USA
The process takes time until it becomes the final picture we all see. He starts with a sketch, then progresses to a 3D rendering, and then begins the construction process using many of the tools you would have to if you were building a full-size model.
“The final touch I add to all my pieces is the element of aging and wear—from rust and grime on a bathroom sink to scuffs along the walls and areas that would typically see natural wear. I believe this is what truly gives my pieces a soul and that extra touch of realism I strive for in every piece.”Chris Toledo, in AD USA
When asked about his favorite projects between the many he has done, he says without questions, “Casa California. It’s my love letter to the city that fuels my inspiration.”
Head out to Chris’s Instagram to see all of his fantastic work. A true artist and designer that is inspired by the life around him and loves to share it with the world.