Lori Nix's stunning, tiny dioramas depict an abandoned world

Cliff Kuang, the editor of Co.Design, Fast Company's design blog, pointed me to the work of Lori Nix, who designs detailed miniature dioramas of a post-apocalyptic world.
The twist is that Nix's photos aren't Photoshop manipulations -- they're real images of tiny, painstakingly detailed dioramas that Nix has designed just for this project. Nix built the 3-D scenes in her living room on nights and weekends with the help of an assistant, with each one taking anywhere from two to fifteen months to complete. Nix shot the dioramas on normal 8x10 film, making her minuscule creations -- about 20 x 24 x 72 inches small -- appear nearly indistinguishable from full-size scenes.
There is a slideshow Lori Nix's work at the link.

Lori Nix's Stunning, Tiny Dioramas Depict an Abandoned World


  1. awesome. i like the detail on the walls. could have been nice to high res pic. Well..its still pretty good.

  2. I really enjoy the cactus to the rear left of the diorama. Look at that thing! It’s bigger than the chair!

  3. Unbelievable detail. Quite a project.

    I’m not sure how using an 8×10 camera makes small things look normal sized, but I’m sure it makes the prints look magnificent.

  4. Cool. Weird website though.

    The aesthetic really reminds me of something – can’t think of quite what it is. Perhaps a 90’s video game, or a movie/TV show.

  5. This was equally as awesome when y’all posted about it back in ’08 (Lori Nix’s tabletop photography. I got to see some of the photos on display in DC; amazing work!

  6. Gorgeous works are really ruined by the fucking flashing ads (not turnoff-able) on her site though! WTF?

  7. Mark, thanks for posting the recent write up on Lori Nix. She is one of my favorite artists, her attention to detail is impeccable.

    @ joeyjoseph – nice blog(s) :)

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