Coined the “Michelangelo of Miniature Homes” Chris Toledo is an artist that recreates historical homes on a 1:12 scale. His process is not a simple one either, these mini models take him up to two years to create! Chris’ unique obsession began when he was eight years old after he saw a mini home kit in a magazine. He wished to get one for Christmas and Santa delivered a log cabin house kit, this was the beginning of Chris’ obsession. After completing the first kit he was in love and completed three more over the next few years. Fast forward to today, he is crafting these perfectly scale historical interiors. His work is truly impeccable.
Chris was inspired by his father, who was a restorer of old homes.
Growing up in Argentina, his style bears a heavy California Spanish influence along with a 1920’s Mediterranean feel.
For the past two years, Chris has been making a miniature model of his dream home out of his apartment in L.A..
Everything seen here is handmade or hand-picked by Chris.
He believes that adding scuffs and imperfections help bring life to his work, because perfection is boring.
If it weren’t for the occasional giant hand in the room, or other objects placed throughout, you would never know these were 1:12 scale models.
In his early adult years, Chris fell away from his passion.
Instead, he was working in photography and most recently graphic design.
It wasn’t until about five years ago that he resumed the miniature model making.
His inspiration is fueled by the need to preserve architectural styles.
Once finished, Chris sell most of his works online.
More info: Toledo Miniatures
Chris’ original dreams were to be an architect, but after attending a few semesters in school studying the subject “I began to realize that although I loved architecture, my love was more for the architecture itself than the actual job.” he states on his website.