Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with miniatures. My favorite place to visit was the diorama room of the Children’s Museum in Boston—it was an empty room with glowing portholes spaced along the wall at the height of adult knees, and inside the portholes were highly detailed period rooms scaled for mice. I don’t know if they still have it, but it remains a vivid memory, and my love of tiny things strongly persists.
This pocket press, created by Scandinavian designer Ishac Bertran, struck me with a pang of delight upon first glance. Bertran used salvaged materials to build the miniature printing press, including some old screwdriver parts and the wheel from an old tape recorder. I admire the ingenuity and true tinkerer’s spirit behind this piece, and it leaves me eager to see what material Bertran chooses to play with next. You can visit Bertran’s site to see more images of the process behind building this press. Lastly—if anyone has traveled to the Children’s Museum lately, can you let me know if the diorama room still exists?