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November 22, 2008

A note on steampunk aesthetics


Gluing sprockets and gears to a mouse does not make it a steampunk mouse. Given the role of the Bauhaus in killing off Victorian embellishment, it is with no small irony I say that form must indeed follow function. Replace the scroll wheel on the mouse with a gear and we are talking steampunk.

Take Frank Buchwald's lamps, for example. These are the business.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 22, 2008 06:47 AM


I agree. As someone who has several devices around the house which operate with tubes and old carbon pile resistors, I'm a bit dismayed at how gluing brass bits from disassembled mechanisms somehow makes something steam punk. Styling is all and good, but there's no replacement fro good and proper

Looking at those lamps, I would say that several of those look VERY much like they'd belong in House Atreides from the David Lynch Dune and not in a victorian house. Perhaps, on board one of Her Majesty's Cloudships.

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 23, 2008 01:04 AM

David Lynch's Dune is exactly right. A couple of those lamps strongly resemble Sardaukar drop ships...

Her Majesty's Cloudships looks fanstastic too; very high concept. So to speak.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 23, 2008 07:24 AM

Had you not heard of the Space 1889 games?

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 23, 2008 06:47 PM