Artist: Luca Iaconi-Stewart / by john cheng


First it was tiny knitted sweaters, now I'm finding these tiny super detailed models! Luca Iaconi-Stewart is not an architect, but rather, he learned how to make architectural models from paper in a high school class and found it enjoyable.


Iaconi-Stewart devoted an entire summer just to the seats (20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class, and eight hours for first class). Tweezers helped. He designed the engines in about a month and assembled them in four. The tail he rebuilt three times. When his classes at Vassar took up too much time—he actually stopped work on the 777 for two years because of college—Iaconi-Stewart dropped out. "I'm fortunate to have parents willing to give me a fair amount of latitude," he says. They're going to have to give a little more: When this project is finished, probably early this year, he might start building an even bigger model.