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.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Finds from Pottery Barn
First, the best two styling ideas from the fall catalog.
The gold, browns, and greys in this gallery wall really appealed to me. (I've been searching out well done gallery walls for ideas for my house, and this one has the eclectic mix of framed art and more tactile items, united by a good color scheme, that I like.)
Halloween-y, but I liked the idea of stacking books under a glass cloche.
Lastly, a kaboodle list with my choices -- some new, some have been around a while.
Friday, August 27, 2010
TOPP's Globular Office
this space houses the offices of the open planning project (topp) – a nonprofit founded by mark gorton, which develops tech tools for mapping and geospacial applications.
I love the use of globes and globe shapes to echo the function of the organization!
The designers, Ashley DeVries and Christine Dalsass, say:
We used a globe/mapping theme throughout the office, since it relates so closely to Topp's work. Almost all of the globes we used are vintage and each one is different. There are about 500 globes in the office, and we are always buying more!
Read more at Design*Sponge.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Rejuvenation Gas Style Industrial Lights -- to win!
I like how they both have an industrial vibe, and the spherical shape echoes globes, one of my favorite decorating themes...
Enter here until September 7th.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Acupuncturist Russell Brown says:
What I am, and what I want my office to reflect, is an eclectic and stylish mix of fine and creative arts, and culture, and knowledge and music. I love birds, and vintage medical equipment. I like paint-by-numbers and photographs that tell stories. All my good friends know that I love the smell of old books and holding them always makes me cry. I want to showcase the tremendous talents of some of the great artists who have donated pieces to my “gallery” and I much prefer the sound of a great melancholy band to the tinkle of a mechanical fountain that just makes me have to pee. I think most of us feel better when we’re cozied up in our living rooms than in a cold medical office and I want that for my patients when they come here.To that end, I have created this office for my patients, to relax in, to let go of their day, and to be transported into another world where they might be nourished not just by alternative healthcare, but an alternative environment to receive that care.
Via Apartment Therapy, thanks to Jesse Hayes.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Jaimie left a comment about these leather floor mats from Ting made from recycled belts, and I'm loving how they look.
There are some ideas on how to make your own, here.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
A stationary travelling tub...
Yep, it's a leather wrapped bathtub. I love how it resembles an antique travelling trunk, but could do without the fleur di lis. (And couldn't they antique all the shiny brass?)
From French company Condor. More pictures here.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Blend Studios Office
The office that has the most steampunk vibe is Nick's -- largely due to the mix of industrial salvage and antique wood used by his brother Jordan to make the desk and shelving.
- fabric curtains to soften the industrial edges
- damask wallpapers
- dark colors -- especially grey
- Edison bulbs
- leather furniture
- soft throws
(One of the challenges I'm finding to using a lot of harder materials like metal and stone is keeping it soft enough to be comfortable. Office space perhaps doesn't have to be as comfortable as a home, but I like how they use fabric drapes, upholstered furniture, throws, and wallpapers to soften the feel.)
See more pictures and read more about it at Apartment Therapy and the Blend Studios website.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On pure aesthetics, it's a total win: The colors are more muted, more similar in tone. It's less distracting and cluttered. Her accessories are part of the same color scheme. It's lovely.
However there's no way it would fly at my house -- library organization was one of the most fraught negotiations of our early marriage, and not being able to see what books you have would defeat all organizational efforts -- but I thought it was interesting, nonetheless. Would you do this to your books?
*Just for the record, I'm firmly in the bourgeoisie, as defined by Wikipedia: part of the middle or merchant classes, and derived social and economic power from employment, education, and wealth. And not shocked by Elizabeth's blog--it takes more than reversed books to shock me. :)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
One of the things I love about steampunk is that it blends opulence -- antiques, velvet, dark saturated colors -- with industrial roughness. These lights by Tanya Clarke are a good example -- she combines recycled plumbing pieces with hand sculpted glass drops and lights the whole thing with LEDs.
Whimsical and fun!
Find more at Liquid Light.
Friday, August 6, 2010
A Perfect Library
Loved this library, designed by Sills Huniford Associates.
The ladder, the desk, the balloon curtains, the glass fronted bookshelves... they are just perfection.
via Things that Inspire.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The Cargo Hold Restaurant
My sister took these pictures of the Cargo Hold restaurant at the aquarium in Durban, South Africa, knowing it was just my style.
The designers based it on the idea of a ghost ship, attacked by pirates, that drifted to shore.
A couple more pictures and a review from Kim's South Africa.
And one final exterior shot by StefanieInez on picasa.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Incredible Gypsy Caravan Images
Warning: Color attack below! This is a lot more bohemian than most of my posts!