3D Printing Industry

Designer Spotlight: Marion Russek

This week we have a short interview with Marion Russek, miniatures designer of the shop Modern Dollhouse. Starting with wanting her own modern furniture, Marion has a unqiue approach to how she chooses what to 3D model and print. We wanted to highlight Marion to show a new approach to 3D printing – you don’t always have to design, rather work with what already exists!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Swiss, live in the small but economically quite well known town of Zug and spent some 20 years of my live in Southern Africa. I am a ‘natural’ at bringing people together – that is why I have my own business as a headhunter for employers. No cat, no dog, but two grown up kids and my independence 🙂

Marion Russek 1a

What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Design, architecture, function, landscaping, etc. are my passion ever since I can remember. But because I cannot own everything I like or change my home all the time, I started building model houses in 1:12. In a way this is no big surprise: my father was a professional model railway builder. I do the design of the house on the computer using Live Interior 3D software, make the electrical plan and then get going with either foamboard or wood.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
The choice of contemporary 1:12 furniture is very limited and that made me look into 3D. As well, I am not too keen on producing e.g. 6 identical chairs: the first one is the challenge! After going to a 3D workshop in Zürich, I decided NOT to design items myself because I already spend more than enough time at the computer at work. So, I use original size 3D files from the designers. Some I buy from Turbosquid.com or other suppliers, others I get for free from producing companies because they like my projects. The next step is to have them reduced to 1:12 scale. Initially, I worked with student friends of my son, but then I met Vijay from Dotsan.com at Shapeways – he does a great job, is fast and affordable. Getting them printed by Shapeways with the large choice of materials is the big reward for all this organizing 🙂

How do you promote your work?
It occurred to me that other modern miniaturist are probably battling as well to find contemporary design furniture – so I decided to share my models and open a shop at Shapeways. This is not about recovering my cost (I would have to sell loads and loads…) but it is a great way to get to know other miniature builders all over the world! They usually send me photos of how they integrated their purchase in their project and – wow! – there are some great artists out there. And it is simply great to share this passion for miniature houses.


  • Really great photography – especially important for miniatures for context!
  • Great shop description
  • Sections for easy shopping


Thank you, Marion! Such a great shop with so many fun, modern pieces. Follow along on Pinterest or Marion’s blog – and don’t forget to check out her shop! To be feature, email aimee @ shapeways.com.

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