Monday, June 9, 2008

Super Traditional, yet still Steampunk

This is from House Beautiful, September 2007. It was one of the most traditional rooms I've ever seen -- check out the molding and wingback chair, not to mention the painting and prints -- but see how it's also steampunk? First, the always perfect checkboard floor -- this time done in a rug. Second, the English architect desk (adjustable, with a glass top). And, of course, the adjustable brass "implement" sitting atop it -- a clock on the right, a thermometer in the middle, and I'm guessing a barometer on the left.

Like the look? There are a number of architect desks available online. You'll have to hunt down the appropriate weather station, and probably age a black and white checkerboard rug, but I don't think any of it would be that difficult.


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Unknown said...

Very elegant, but I'm not sure how functional it would actually be, at least at home. Personally, I don't have enough space to dedicate to something that isn't very function. And I think putting a bunch of cables and modern hardware (ie: a computer) would ruin the simplicity of it.

Anyway, very good find. Enjoyed the article.


Art Donovan said...

Great stuff.
I really love the "implement".
It has such, an intriguing geometry- something like a masonic 'Square & Compasses'.

Most useful for alchemistic purposes. Thanks for the great post!


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