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atelier07020
« on: January 02, 2007 12:41:28 PM »

Well, even though it wasn't a craftster challenge I was dying to make a modern style gingerbread house this year.  I was inspired by the case study houses of the 50s & 60s & architects like Eichler, Richard Neutra & Craig Ellwood. I kept the back open like a dollhouse so I could craft some edible furniture too. So much fun! Smiley

Here are some detail pics:
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And some teasers:






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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007 12:47:54 PM »

Oh... my... gosh... that's amazing!!!  I am in love with your furniture!  I tried to make a premade house (from one of those kits where everything is already cut out and you just paste them together) and I got so frustrated with it, I threw the pieces across the room.  I wish I had your skills! 
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2007 12:59:20 PM »

I am speechless! That's the coolest thing I've seen for Christmas...maybe ever!  Shocked 
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2007 01:04:52 PM »

I am stunned.  It is the best gingerbread house I have ever seen.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2007 01:05:09 PM »

Fab -U- lous ! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007 01:09:07 PM »

That's sooo amazing!  I usually don't like this style of architecture, but it looks so endearing when in tiny edible gingerbread form!

Is that an Eames chair I spot?  Is all the furniture really edible?  It's fabulous!
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2007 01:15:23 PM »

Wow! Thanks for the great compliments everyone!!

To answer a few questions:

Everything in the house is edible, except the chimney (cookies over carboard for roof support) & the bases for the eames chair, the egg chair & the bubble lamp - those were cut from take-out chopsticks.  And yes, that's a little eames chair!  There are detailed photos on the flickr link in the first post & comments about what each piece is made of.

Thanks again for such words of encouragement! I'm going to make this a new tradition, with a different style of architecture every year.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2007 01:22:44 PM »

Unbelievable!  Huh
I cant wait to see your next gingerbread house...amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2007 01:47:08 PM »

That is so awesome!  Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2007 01:49:14 PM »

Now THAT is one hip and happenin gingerbread house!

GREAT work!
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2007 02:27:14 PM »

Oh... my... gosh... that's amazing!!!  I am in love with your furniture!  I tried to make a premade house (from one of those kits where everything is already cut out and you just paste them together) and I got so frustrated with it, I threw the pieces across the room.  I wish I had your skills! 

thanks!  it can get frustrating, especially when dealing with sticky icing.  there were a few times i cursed everything sweet & gingery!  i actually broke the first 2 batches of 'windows' by trying to rush through the cooling process. its a lot of trial & error - don't be discouraged to try it again though!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2007 02:36:00 PM »

you are a crazy genius!!! i tried to make a 'pre assembled" gingerbread house (and then spent an hour putting together the 24 smashed pieces) and i could never have even thought of something as cool as that!!!
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2007 02:41:11 PM »

This Rocks!

After buying kit after kit every year, I've given up my dreams of making a gingerbread house.  Yours is so creative!
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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2007 02:53:09 PM »

I LOVE this new spin on gingerbread houses and Im super impressed with your creativity!
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2007 03:06:32 PM »

incredible!  I'm so impressed!
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2007 03:44:53 PM »

Wonderful! I'm particularly impressed with your door fixed in a "glass" wall. Love tthe picture with the light shining through....Way cool!
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2007 05:32:55 PM »

these are really the best comments, thanks everyone! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2007 05:56:48 PM »

This is wonderful! I love your dedication to the interior!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2007 06:16:01 PM »

That is great.  A gingerbread house, Craftster style.  I love, love, love it.  Your gingerbread house would look so fabulous next to one of those pink, revolving Christmas trees and some oversized colored lights.  And just about anything from Leah's book.  Way to make Christmas look cool.

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2007 10:31:23 PM »

Please tell me you're a pastry chef or someone that I've seen on the Food Network - if not I'm going to be so depressed over my non-existant gingerbread skills in comparison.  That house is unbelievable - you need to enter that contest they have on food network for gingerbread houses!
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« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2007 04:03:19 AM »

Holy... It has furniture and everything! You must have a lot of patience, and talent.  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2007 06:13:38 AM »

Please tell me you're a pastry chef or someone that I've seen on the Food Network - if not I'm going to be so depressed over my non-existant gingerbread skills in comparison.  That house is unbelievable - you need to enter that contest they have on food network for gingerbread houses!

Haha! That's sweet but nope. I work in Residential Interior Design in NYC & am just a novice baker.  I used Martha Stewart's recipes for both the gingerbread & the royal icing - she's kind of my go-to for no failers. And as far as entering a contest maybe next year if I can find one! Thanks for the compliment!
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« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2007 07:33:25 AM »

What did you use for the noguchi table? It's all amazing!
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« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2007 08:28:59 AM »

What did you use for the noguchi table? It's all amazing!

The Noguchi table base is made from fondant - 2 colors rolled together just like clay to get that variegated look. The top is poured sugar - I bent an old cookie cutter to get the shape right then poured the hot sugar mixture into the cutter on a silicon mat.

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« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2007 08:39:42 AM »

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I couldn't help but drool over the absolute fantasticness of this! This definitely ain't your grandma's gingerbread house (though some of it might be reminiscent of grandma's real house).

I'm so impressed by how much detail you worked into the house and all the little furniture pieces.

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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2007 08:41:55 AM »

I seriously just gasped and said oh my god that is awesome and almost cried... at my desk at work. nice work!
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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2007 05:47:18 PM »

I'm stunned at the wonderful compliments from everyone. Thanks so much!
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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2007 12:46:28 AM »

wow! the little gingerbread people even have their own little gingerbread pollock! lucky gingerbread family!
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« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2007 06:38:46 AM »

I had a dream last night that I shrunk down to scale and moved into to this swanky-sweet house.  I was sitting in the den smoking my pipe, sipping a martini and admiring the artwork.  It was way cozy and even the 'giant' people looking on from the exposed rear of the house didn't bother me.
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