Mage Ingeneur | June 25, 2012
I was asked if I could donate an iPhonograph to NSW Cavalcade of History and Fashion charity to raise some much needed funds in a raffle. So I created this more modern version (compared to my previous iPhonograph) as 1st prize in their biggest fundraising event this year – their 50th Anniversary Fashion Parade raising money to preserve clothing of past eras which provide unique clues to our social history. Here is a link to NSW Cavalcade of History and Fashion. Click here to see the pictures of the iPhonograph in its original form.
She’s a beauty and has an input for a microphone (with it’s own separate volume control) and you can control the Treble, Bass and Volume. This baby has 50 watts of sound and what a SOUND!! You can plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod Into the cradle or any audio device through the microphone input.
Mage Ingeneur | June 19, 2012
My partner Lisa managed to find 11 beautiful 1930′s clock cases which I am repurposing into ‘Sir Round-a-Sound’ players to dock your phone into. This is a preliminary version still in the making. It will have the option of a steampunk remote control and it will charge your phone at the same time.
Also you may like to check out the current status of the iPhonograph here.
Brass Goggles | January 6, 2012
Wired has a pretty cool overview of a nice home makeover in the Steampunk style. It seems quite well thought-out:
Photo courtesy of Wired Magazine
The Steampunk Home | May 11, 2011
In this “everything is google-able” world, sometimes all it takes is the right words and new worlds open up. Case in point is this post from 2008 where I learned that “scissor arm lamps” are another name for “concertina arm lamps,” and all of a sudden I could actually find (and purchase) the lamps I wanted on eBay.
So I’ve been hanging out on a new visual bookmarking site called Pinterest (warning: totally addicting if you like pretty pictures) and I noticed a new label on some of the home design shots I liked: Vintage Rustic. No, it’s not entirely steampunk, but you’ll like it for the combination of natural materials and vintage items, and it might help you as you search for inspiration and items that suit your fancy.
My favorite board on Pintrest is Rustic Chic. And if you get into the whole Pinterest thing, make sure you follow the Steampunk Home board I curate.
The Steampunk Home | April 19, 2011
It was about 4 years ago that I started this blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as I have!
(Image via Nostalgic Collage.)
The Steampunk Home | April 19, 2011
Oooh…. pretty pictures. Check out these new ways to view The Steampunk Home:
Mosaic (my favorite)
Snapshot (all the pictures, all the time!)
Or play around with all of them here.
The Steampunk Home | 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?
Steampunk Tribune | February 5, 2011
Hello! My apology for the absence, but alas, RL issues required attendence… but Steampunk keeps marching on! The big event this weekend is, of course, TempleCon, which is celebrating its sixth year and growing bigger every year. Quite heartend by this, and there seems to be a bit more of a Steampunk feel to the event (imo). If you have the opportunity to visit Warwick, RI, this weekend, by all means don’t miss TempleCon – visit their site at: http://templecon.org/11/
Had the good fortune of received an email from a Mr. M. Lakdawala, who built a Steampunk-inspired wooden Kinetic Iphone dock! Quite impressive – not only a stylish stand, but it rotates from portrait mode to landscape mode, allowing it to be nicely placed on a desk or be wall mounted (as below)…
Sad news… the Steampunk Home did not win the “Homies”, as it should have (not that I”m biased)! Still, my thanks to all who helped with their votes! The Steampunk Home may have not won that competition (their vote tally must have been hacked, I say!), but it is an integral part of the Steampunk world!
Finally, I hope to have the “mystery project” I’ve told a few people about done this weekend… its still quite rough, but I’m hoping it’ll be one more small way to promote Steampunk… so back to virtual grindstone!
Steampunk Tribune | January 28, 2011
The Steampunk Home, one of the longest running Steampunk blogs (predating this small corner), has made it to the final running for the “Homies”! The Homies are backed by ApartemntTherapy.com, an interior decorating site which focuses, as one can expect, on apartments. The Steampunk Home is in its mix for “Best Home Design Blog of 2010″ (for the rare Steampunk enthusiast who may have not visit the Steampunk Home, please do so, at:http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/) Miss Brumfield (the blog’s author) has serious competition in the running, so please do take a moment and place your vote for her! There is a brief registration (free, and a simple e-mail verification is all that is required), but after that, its a simple choice!
To vote, please follow this link…
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/the-homies-best-home-design-blog-of-2011-submit-your-nominations-137078. Voting ends on February 3rd, so please do take the time to do so!
As of Friday afternoon, the voting is as…
(Ed note – A slow start, but I’m certain that it’ll pick up!)
The Steampunk Home | January 28, 2011
Hurrah! Thank you, everyone who nominated The Steampunk Home for Apartment Therapy’s “Homie” awards. We made it to the voting round!
What’s next: Vote for The Steampunk Home in the final (voting) round. You have until Febuary 3rd, EST to vote.
And Thank You!
If you’re visiting here for the first time due to the nomination, may I suggest some of the following posts as an introduction?
A Jules Verne Extravaganza
Doktor A’s Studio Tour
We get philosophical every once in a while, i.e. Minimalist Steampunk?
An interview with the creator of the Edison Bar
Regular readers, feel free to point out your favorite posts in the comments.
The Steampunk Home | January 28, 2011
I was amused by the post on how to use vintage industrial pieces over at Decor8. They suggest 4 styles: minimalist, bright, country and natural.
I’m not sure steampunk fits into any of them. The only one that resonates with me in “country”, because it is the most likely to mix traditional styles and antiques with industrial pieces. I try hard not to go too country here at the Steampunk Home, though, because it missed the decrepit and geeky aspects of steampunk.
What do you think? Do vintage industrial pieces work for you or are they becoming passe?
The Steampunk Librarian | January 11, 2011
Happy 2011, steampunky types! I direct you to this post from the people of MAKE magazine, which in turn points to the incredible Celestial Clock project.
The awesome people of Tor Publishing now have a whole page on Facebook dedicated solely to steampunk, and they post multiple times each day. I'm tempted to shut the Steampunk Librarian down and just send everyone there, because the stuff they're finding is fantastic.
Another wonderful website, the Steampunk Home, points to this re-usage of electrical insulators as lighting. Awfully pricey, but beautiful.
A new issue of the Gatehouse Gazette is out, and it's focused on the Weird West!
And finally, a group of New York City steampunks went on an excursion to the Harry Houdini exhibit at the Jewish Museum. The exhibit is there until March, so you still have time to see it if you weren't along on the adventure!