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.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Jay Walker's Library
You *must* go see Wired Magazine's article on Jay Walker's library. Sputnik? Check. Original Anatomia Universa? Yep. Old surgical instruments? You bet. TRS-80 and the WWII Enigma machine? Wouldn't miss 'em.
The etched glass balustrades with all sorts of scientific references are wonderful, as is the Escher like tile floor (about the only thing here that is recreatable on a professionals budget, instead of a Priceline founder's budget...)
Any area of scientific inquiry can be found here, collected in a beautiful setting that shows just what treasures they are.
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I would like one.
Of anything in there.
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