Strains of Johnny Mercer, Sinatra and the Beatles seem to hover about Chisel & Mouse's fine architectural model of the iconic Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles. The music industry landmark designed by Welton Becket and Associates is painstakingly reproduced in the medium of resin plaster with an appealing weight and cool smoothness, traced with etched metal detailing. At the Sussex, England, studio founded by brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley, the "Chisel" refers to traditional plaster-cast methods and the "Mouse" to the computer-aided design (CAD) technology and 3-D printing. In a striking black presentation box with a history of the building, it's an inspired gift for any music lover.
12.25" h x 6" w x 4" d (31x15.2x10.2cm)
Handmade in the UK
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.”