I make Miniature Room Boxes, just like the one pictured here. Today my production is very limited. However, from time to time, I do have a room box  available for purchase.  Please contact me if you are a serious collector and have interest in purchasing one.

Designs from the Imagination, for the Imagination

My miniature rooms are not reproductions of actual rooms nor do they represent a particular style or period. Rather, the ideas for their design come from my subconscious memories and my imagination. I like to think of them as "Mood Pieces" or as "Stage Sets". 

Experience the Story

With each miniature room design, I hope to capture the viewer's attention and imagination; thereby making them an integral part of the miniature room box, the experience and the "story", the viewers own narrative. As an active participant, they then will be able to imagine for themselves what may have just occurred within the space or what may be about to happen there. And, to postulate what type of space is around the corner and in the spaces beyond the cracked doors.

About the Process

Building these room boxes is fun and therapeutic. For me personally, the "Creative & Planning Process" is the most rewarding and exciting. It all begins with a blank piece of graph paper, followed by many, many sketches. After my vision for the room has been decided, I then determine how I will physically build the box and research all of the materials needed to construct it, decorate it, and furnish it.

Download the Artist Statement

Learn more about the artist, Robert Off, his experience, and thought process. The artist statement explains Robert's history with miniatures and much more.

Click here to download a PDF copy of my “Artist’s Statement”

About Me

I am the owner of Miniature Rooms Company, and I am a member of the IGMA, The International Guild of Miniature Artisans.

I have been building miniature room boxes since 1998. I was inspired by the miniature room boxes designed and created between 1932 and 1941 by Mrs. James Thorne and Eugene Kupjack. Those miniature boxes are now part of Chicago Art Institute's permanent collection and are one of their most popular and most viewed exhibits (See "all Stars" Tab).

Before I started making boxes, I painted miniature, 54 mm, soldiers for many years. Although I don't paint military figures anymore, I continue to collect and maintain a strong interest in the field. I am also a collector of 19th century American fine prints and am an active member of the American Historical Print Collectors Society.

Professionally, I am a retired commercial real estate investor and broker. Earlier in my career, I worked for the United States Government at the State Department and at The White House during the Nixon and Ford Administrations.

I reside in Cincinnati, Ohio with my wife and my dog, a yellow lab.