Get Lost in the Details of These Miniature Test-Tube Cities

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Get Lost in the Details of These Miniature Test-Tube Cities


What is it about incredibly tiny spaces that makes them seem so expansive? When I look at the meticulously crafted buildings and narrow landscapes of Rosa de Jong, I feel like I’m smaller than they are, that I could get lost in each detail. But each of these miniature buildings is no bigger than the test tube they are suspended in. They are a few centimeters wide at most.


The collection of miniature homes and buildings is called Micro Matter. Buildings cling to rocks and erupt out of clouds. Twigs become enormous trees when juxtaposed with scrap-sized tents. Thread becomes the wire on power lines.

De Jong is a freelance designer, art director, and animator based out of Amsterdam. Her other works include stop motion animation, chocolate typography, illustration, and ad design. In a statement on her website she says, “The most important thing for me is that by the end of a project, everyone is happy. I want to make things people want to look at, not something they’re forced to look at.

You can see more of De Jong’s finished work and some progress pics on Dribble and Instagram.


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