We have a 'no brass' rule in this house, so I have no brass switch plates on hand. If I did, however, I'd be steampunking them up using The Steampunk Workshop's tutorial. The transformation from what they looked like before to what they look like now is rather shocking.
When I see stuff like these bookshelves, I am overcome with the desire to dismantle my office and steampunk it up. From Etsy seller Stella Blue Designs, the bookshelves are made of iron pipes and, in the case of the style above, Edison-type light bulbs. I particularly like how
Personally, I don't know why people get so excited about steampunk; I'm not digging it. But I can respect all the work that must've gone into making a desk like this one:
Sean Orlando and crew decided to build a Steampunk treehouse at The Burning Man Festival. Aside from all of the artistic implications, who could them for going to a little extra trouble in order to have some 'downtime' from the chaos of 25,000 artsy partiers?
One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970's suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we've come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director's chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel.
If you wanna see Chris's version, you'll have to snag a copy of Make It! Secondhand Chic...
I love the look of wall-mounted televisions, but every time I see one I can't but help think that the homeowner who chose to do such a mount is stuck with it. That's why I'm really groovin' on this tv easel
Restoration Hardware's Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk may or may not be the most practical solution for a small office space, but it's hands down one of the most awesome things I've ever seen! Duuude! It's an office...in a TRUNK!!
Lonneke Gordijn's 'Fragile Future' is subtitled 'electronics and dandelions', which is the perfect description for this marriage of technology and nature. Made of a collection of LED's, phosphorous bronze and dandelion seeds, the light sculpture has a fanciful steampunk-y quality about it. If it wasn't fabulous enough, the piece automatically shuts off--sort of like a defense mechanism--when people come too close to it. Via.
Daniel Rozen's wooden mirror is nothing less than remarkable. It's a collection of 830 tiny wooden panels that are connected to a camera and controlled by a computer. The panels flip with the help of tiny motors and use shadow to 'reflect' images that pass by. My simplistic explanation pales in comparison to the mirror in action. (I love the sound it makes too.) Via.
One word: Glorious.
Still pic courtesy of FunForever.