As often happens, Steinmetz was inspired to create this
model by a visitor to her Raanana studio, who, having seen the
miniatures in her show window, suggested this special project.
Nava made a special trip to Kfar Chabad, where followers of the
Rebbe first screened a short video about the Rebbe, and then
showed her around the life-size duplicate of the Rebbe's office.
"When I entered the room, I was moved and felt the spirit of the
Divine Presence, and was spiritually inspired and uplifted by the
power and status of the large room, by the giant library full of holy
volumes, by the stained glass windows – with the Rebbe's desk
and chair standing in the center."
"I took a number of photographs and said to myself that this would
be a miniature that would not be difficult to construct, yet that
would be very challenging. When I returned to my studio, I
transferred the pictures to my computer, and when I viewed them
with magnification I understood that I was in error.
While the office is rather modest, it also has a very intricate beauty
that is not obvious at first glance. Special wood etchings on the
doors, etchings on the bookcases, window frames with a number
of layers, cornices on the ceiling, and more.
"I had to go back to Kfar Chabad. On my second visit, I had new
photographs done by a professional photographer, and I took the
measurements of every detail of the office in order to maintain
"For a long time after my second visit to Kfar Chabad, I planned
and considered how to make the various items. I searched every
possible website, throughout the world, to find the correct
cornices, the lamps, and other materials. I couldn't find all of the
ornamentation and cornices, so I had to make them myself.
"I began the work by making sketches based on the
measurements, and then came the stage of cutting pieces for the
many shelves, the wood window frames, the doors, and the desk
components. The hundreds of books in the room were sketched
and designed on the computer, and then were glued, almost one
"The creation of the ornamentations, the cornices, and the
numerous wood etchings on the upper portions of the bookcases,
and next to the lamps between the bookcases, required a great
amount of etching, sculpting, and cutting of the various materials.
To achieve the correct and precise shade of paint, I painted
several coats of paint and then visited the Rebbe's office again to
check that the color was actually correct, because it is very difficult
to precisely remember color, and photographs change the shades
depending on the lighting at the time the photo is taken.
"I created the floor just like a real hardwood floor, as it is in the
Rebbe's office. I glued it together from many pieces of wood, and
applied wood stain until achieving the precise color."
Not only the office's interior was modeled in miniature, but also the
external portions – the wall containing the main entranceway
within the building painted white and decorated with wood
stripping, a wall housing the windows, and another wall faced with
hundreds of red bricks.
This is the first miniature model in the world of the Rebbe's office,
including some 2,064 individual pieces that were cut, processed,
and painted by artist Nava Steinmentz in her Raanana studio.
Following is a list of the pieces that comprise the miniature:
185 pieces for the shelves and cabinets around the office.
328 pieces for wood strips for windows and cornices.
14 pieces for door handles.
561 pieces for holy books.
49 pieces for upper white panels and the flowered squares.
87 pieces for the brown panel above the shelves.
10 pieces for wood ornamentation between the lamps behind the desk.
2 pieces for the door etchings.
828 pieces for red mosaic tiles.
The model is intended for sale
However, this is the world's first miniature of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's room with a quantity of 2,064 pieces were cut, processed and painted by the miniature artist, Nava Steinmetz, in her studio.
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30 years after the construction at Kfar Chabad of an exact replica of Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters – known as "770" for its house number on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn – including a re-creation of the office of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, a miniature model of the Rebbe's office has now been crafted by miniaturist Nava Steinmetz. The model was built at a scale of 1:15, measuring 55 cm x 38.5 cm x 30.5 cm.