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Cheap and Nasty

Vancouver’s The Cheaper Show features this playful concept from Canadian duo The Practice of Everyday Design – the McNasty Mansion.

Cheap and Nasty


June 22nd, 2011

The Practice of Everyday Design describe each of their pieces as “stemming from a simple idea or story then taking on a life of its own”.


For their latest piece, they entered the keywords ’dream home’ into Google’s 3D warehouse search – a database of 3D objects drafted with Sketchup 3D software.

The search results were collated and combined to create the ultimate version of the much-maligned McMansion – the McNasty Mansion!


The design principles are the same – “enough mixed styles to ensure complete architectural confusion, and enough faux finishes and cheap materials to keep cost down but dimensions huge,” say the designers, Master of Architecture graduates David Long and Antoine Morris.

Long and Morris love to explore the banality of everyday life and add their own playful twist – and the McNasty Mansion is a perfect example.


The concept’s tagline reads “As the proud owner of more features and space than you ever thought possible, your significance as a human being could never be more obvious.”


The McNasty Mansion is just one of the pieces on display at The Cheaper Show in Vancouver, Canada, where 200 artists have submitted pieces that are less than $200 each.

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