All four studios are major attractions of the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, each of them rivaling in audacity about their own pavilion designed by great names of the architecture of the era, the Primavera pavilion being built by no less than the Perret Brothers.

Built with reinforced concrete – the novelty of the time – the pavilion basement is made of lap d’or: concrete mixed with… gold, while the walls are ornated with black and gold mosaic and the roof set with colored crystal pebbles by Lalique!

Billions of visitors marvel at affordable objects and furniture with an innovative aesthetic.To customers found of modernity, Primavera offers rugs, upholstery, fashionable wallpapers and get specialised in ceramics: vases, ornaments, figurines…

The adventure lasts till 1972, Primavera being the only art creation studio to enjoy such a long life. Its legacy, more than a style, is a spirit made of sixty years of inventive, fantasy iconic creations.

During the early Twenties, the parisian department store had a stunning slogan that said “Every elegant woman shops at ” Au Printenps”. Primavera extended the idea to “Every elegant house is furnished by “Au Printemps” and its original creations are nowadays pieces of collection and the subject of art books and retrospectives. Parisian Art Deco lovers will not miss the one set “Au Printemps” till October 10th.

Ed’s Office Tour

Posted By on February 24, 2011

Ed Skoudis is an information security geek with a good sense of humor. He’s recently completed his office, and is sharing it with us:

I’ve long been a reader of your Steampunk Home blog, and it has greatly inspired me. You’ve posted amazing articles over the years, and have really helped me refine my sense of fun and style. Inspired by your work, I conducted a massive office redesign and implementation for my workplace, which is located above my garage. The whole project took about 6 months… I got so many ideas for items in my office from your blog. I’m sure you’ll see various things you’ve linked to over the years throughout the office.

I’m so glad The Steampunk Home helped Ed “refine his sense of fun and style,” because that’s exactly what I try to do here. Style shouldn’t be pretentious, it should be fun. It isn’t just for designers or cool kids — you can apply the same otaku and analysis to your abode as you do to coding, or gaming, or whatever your passion is.

He sets the tone from the first approach, up a darkened set of stairs (complete with a runner and stair rods), to a Van De Graaff generator on the landing.

I’ve recently come to the realization that most of the steampunk style lies in accessories and light fixtures (layered on top of an old fashioned background), and I think you can see that from Ed’s room.

Lumen disk with some of the security books Ed has written.

Meters and robots and Dr. Who references, oh my!
The main light fixture is all pipes

What Ed describes as “a science experiment from the 1880’s gone wrong”

What I didn’t realize was that secret rooms are becoming a mainstay of steampunk design. (Although it doesn’t surprise me — what good mad scientist doesn’t hide her laboratory?) First, Holly Black’s Library, now Ed’s office.

The Secret Room is where Ed hides his minions — and if you are going to have minions, wouldn’t you get better work out of them if you provide them with a workspace as resplendent as this one?

Did I say “secret room”? I’m sorry I meant to say “secret rooms”, because this office features not one, but two secret rooms!

There are many more delightful details in this office. You can see the full tour, with many more pictures, even more secrets (just what one would expect of a sneaky hacker information security specialist), sources, and Ed’s amusing commentary, at his web site.

Thanks for sharing, Ed!


One Response to “Ed’s Office Tour”

  1. Warren says:

    Beautiful office. Puts mine to shame.

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