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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 21 August, 2016


The Taverna Angel Sierra, Madrid found on the CultureStrip

Hernan Buljevich, Miniaturist

Argentinian artist Hernán Buljevich recreates well-known bars and restaurants in 1/12 scale. He began thinking about miniatures at university while studying to be an architect. It was a natural progression, as he was accustomed to working with various scales and drawings. The next step was to create replicas of existing places he liked, to create the essence of a place and its charm in a miniature. He believes accuracy is very important, but even more so is to give the work life.

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Hernan Buljevich Restaurante Botin bar and beer tap


Hernan’s inspiration comes stems from a lifelong love of classic Spanish culture, cuisine, and bars. His first piece was the Restaurant Botín in Madrid. Founded in 1725, Botín is one of the world’s oldest restaurants.

How He Works

As an “old school” architect, he rarely uses a computer, choosing to instead convert photos to hand-drawn blueprints. After studying each line, relief, and measure of each part of the site, he selects the materials. Only then does he make individual components for later assembly. If at all possible, Hernan visits the place to bring out the attractiveness of each place. Being there is the best way to do it.


Hernan Buljevich’s Restaurante Botin Cellar


Hernán has been perfecting his craft over the past 15 years, working with multiple materials, including repurposed/recycled wood, plastic, and metals. He strives not only to merely create the perfect scale replica of a structure but to capture the true essence of that structure –its charm and its and soul – in order to transport the viewer to that space.


Hernan has many improvised and homemade tools. But don’t take away his tweezers. He can’t live without them. And his nail files.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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