October 16, 2010

Steampunk Interiors

In a couple weeks I'm going to a presentation about Steampunk.  The speaker is Tyson Ness, who's an extremely talented emerging Interior Designer.  He's just recently graduated from the Art Institute of Salt Lake, and he did his thesis project on the steampunk style.

A lot of people don't know what steampunk really is.  I admit, I don't either.  I've heard of it, and I've seen various blog posts about it, though everything I've seen has usually been in the form of objects or gadgets, not really applying to entire interiors.  After seeing Tyson's project, I wanted to dig a little further.

Basically, (according to Wikipedia) "steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy."  

I'll have a much better understanding of the meaning after my seminar.  In the meantime, here are a few photos of 3 fascinating steampunk interiors I've found.

The Edison, Los Angeles

Ramses Hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, Madrid

And a more cartoonish take on the steampunk style:  Three Rings office, San Francisco.  Designed by Because We Can.  This design shows how Jules Verne and his submarine, the Nautilus, influences the steampunk style.

A bookcase hides the door to a secret room

The secret room

Mechanical room for bike storage

Incredible stuff, right?  If you are as intrigued as I am and live in Utah, contact me for more info on Tyson's seminar on October 27!