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The 1923 Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first architectural foray into Los Angeles. Named for original owner Aline Barnsdall's favorite flower, the bloom is a repeated motif in the home’s ingenious use of indoor and outside space. Carefully replicated as a fine sculptural object by British studio Chisel & Mouse, in resin plaster (free of toxic solvents) with a reassuring weight and cool smoothness. In their Sussex studio, brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley combine both traditional plaster casting and computer-aided technology, hence the name Chisel & Mouse.
In a gift-worthy black box with an enclosed history of the building, the Hollyhock model has been authorized by the architect's foundation and a portion of sales benefits its conservation and education efforts.
CHISEL + MOUSE
“We wouldn’t presume to think of ourselves as artists,” Robert Paisley says. “We call ourselves draftsmen; the architect is the artist.” A bit of an understatement for Robert and brother Gavin, who fled an office-software business for their creative venture Chisel & Mouse. With both traditional plaster-cast methods (the “Chisel”) and today’s 3-D printing and computer-aided design (“Mouse”), not to mention Google Earth and satellite data, they turn out painstakingly accurate architectural models. The smooth white plaster replicas of such landmarks as the Bauhaus Dessau and New York’s Guggenheim Museum are stylish and also quite personal, adds Robert. “I love the idea of immortalizing a place that’s special to people.”