Big Appetites, Small Design


About a year ago, I came across a collection of photographs by Christopher Boffoli, a fine artist who captures miniature toys and its unique placement with everyday food. This collection, titled Big Appetites, is presented with captions that are deliciously served with a smidgen of wittiness.

Mr. Boffoli’s photographs were taken in macro mode, a style of photography that employs a macro lens to take an extremely close-up shot of very small subjects making it appear larger than life.

Big Appetites makes me think of small design. I am currently obsessed with small-scaled furniture design and home décor. To find pieces that have been miniaturized and still retain its fine details is quite fascinating. I found a few pieces for the [small] home that are as beguiling as Mr. Boffoli’s collection of photographs. What better way to satisfy your appetite than to create a miniature dining room?

1. Unless you plan on camping outdoors (not physically, of course, but rather in your world of miniatures!) then we need to find a home. Brinca Dada’s Bennett House is a modern beauté. Heavily influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, the lines, squares and asymmetrical patterns are emphasized for a cool take on a sleek home.

2. The Cole console by Paris Renfroe Design combines an industrial look with a sleek elegance. This console can be used as a buffet for all of your miniscule dishes.

3. The minimalist and monochromatic design of the Bennett House calls for a pop of color. When designing a room, it’s always a good idea to make a bold statement with wallpaper. For a miniature home, Paper Source is a great resource for makeshift wallpaper coverings. I’m falling deeply in love with this Black & Blue Modern Wave fine paper.

4. Another pick from Paris Renfroe Design is the X dining table with a square top. A clear top allows the base to shine through from every angle.

5.  The Eames DCW molded plywood dining chairs have been an icon in the design world since 1946. Now these copper painted replicas from Elf Miniatures can flank your dining table and impress your guests.

6. Feast on this cute and colorful kitchen kit from Bozart Toys. Not only is it colorful, but it’s also very reminiscent of the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian!

7. After you’ve stuffed yourself with the small bites, you could saunter over to your balcony and lounge on this chaise lounge made of teak and brass by OneFortyThree. The textures and striations in the wood are so yummy. Who needs dessert?

To see the full collection of Boffoli’s work, visit


About Maya-Camille Broussard

Maya-Camille Broussard is a curator and designer living in Chicago. Both her personal blog, The MCB Project and TCW, Blog Art Cart, focus on arts integration and interior design. Her online store, The MCB Shop, provides style for the home and style for the everyday life with housewares, vintage accessories and accoutrements for women and men.