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, July 20, 2010
Pharmacy Style, part I
I seem to know two young people studying to be pharmacists, and two inspirational images of pharmacy inspired interiors came across my desk recently -- I thought budding pharmacists would be as interested in old fashioned, romantic, pharmacy inspired living as I am in difference engines and abacuses.
Here's the first -- the creative workspace of Elizabeth Maxson, featured in Where Women Create, May 2010. She uses a painted drug store cabinet to hold all of her supplies (above).
I love this dispensing decanter -- Ben thinks we ought to use a collection of these to set up a bar!
An old drugstore sign... with calipers hanging off of it!
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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the drug store sign.
This is really cool decor!! My dad was a pharmacist. He's retired now. But I remember the old drug store and all the cool things in there. I never thought of decorating with that in mind. Very cool!
Just a little fyi... the "decanting flasks" mentioned are a scientific laboratory equipment called a separatory funnel and the glass stopper tends to stick with changes in pressure (usually they have to be greased with a glass joint lube). Plus you the glass stopper on the top must be off or the liquid wont flow through the bottom. I love the idea and was thinking about using sep funnels as vases in my library
Steampunk in white - beautiful!
Definitely digging the idea of starting a bar that uses separatory funnels and other antique chemistry glassware, like beakers and erlenmeyer flasks, for storing and dispensing liquor. Maybe even utilize them for a functioning moonshine still on display. Hmmmm... yessss.
I love the way old chemistry/pharmaceutical glassware looks and the scientific vibe it gives. I have a good bit but am still deciding how to display it...Transylvania Gentleman, if you get that bar going don't forget to send pics--and invite us! It would be lovely!
I do use glass laboratory beakers as drinking glasses - I have a smallish collection of medicine glasses in leather cases - they make rather lovely travelling shot glasses!
Thanks for showing my office - I stumbled across your blog and love old pharmacy stuff! I have a huge pharmacy cabinet with tons of drawers that I use in my dressing room. And I have many pharmacy bottles in my old doctor's cabinet that I use as bud vases now and again.
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