Posted by The Steampunk Home 24th February 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.
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?
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!