I believe that Steampunk is more than just brass and watchparts. It's finding a way to combine the past and the future in an aesthetic pleasing yet still punkish way. It's living a life that looks old-fashioned, yet speaks to the future. It's taking the detritus of our modern technological society and remaking it into useful things. Join me as I search for items for my house that combine the scientific romanticism of the Victorians with our real present and imagined future.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Build your own hidden door
Remember this library with a secret powder room behind a bookshelf? I just ran across instructions for making something similar from off the shelf parts at Ikeahacker...
You'll have to play with the aesthetics a bit to make it steampunk styled, but the idea was too good not to share.
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I have thought of building a 'Door Engine' to swing out a bookcase, powered by a reaction water turbine. Victorian engineering at it's finest:)
Oooh... or what about a hand cranked one, with a large cog and wheel setup at the top hinge?
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