Off the wall: sets appeal
We get the feeling that American artist/interior designer Brandi Roberts has too much time on her hands. And, like Homer Simpson, she seems to spend most of it watching television.
Unlike Homer, however, Roberts has turned her habit into a lucrative business. She creates floor plans of fictional television homes. So, if you've ever wanted to see a blueprint of, say, Frasier Crane's swish Seattle apartment, Don Draper's office (Mad Men blueprint, below) or indeed Homer's Springfield abode, Roberts can oblige.
A self-confessed lover of pop culture, Roberts says she began drawing floor plans at an age when most girls would rather be playing with Barbie. She has honed her skill over the years and has created more than 100 plans, spanning seven decades of television.
"America has come a long way since the era of the twin beds on I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show," says Roberts, who is based in South Carolina.
The plans are drafted by hand the old-fashioned way and printed on archival matte paper with fade-resistant blue inks to create an authentic blueprint look. Roberts says they look great framed and make interesting presents for fellow TV addicts.
For more details, visit www.fantasyfloorplans.com
Material girls This is one of those design things that are difficult to get your head around, but here at Off The Wall we're prepared to try. From our reading of the press release it seems two female Japanese artists have created a fictional race of people who spend their days sewing little scraps of material together. No, we have no idea why either; but, as with Scientology, somebody out there must appreciate this stuff.
Sachi Ito and Yuuka Miyazono, creators of the "Lili" people, held their first exhibition and workshop in Tokyo early this year, followed by one in Milan, Italy.
Visitors were invited to make a brooch or button (below) and experience day-to-day life as a Lili, who - as we mentioned - don't actually exist.
If you feel the urge, you can find out more at www.facebook.com/liliscollecting