interior design

Steampunk Interiors

By October 16, 2010 5 Comments

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!

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Christa Pirl says:

    Thanks for the pics- these are great steampunk examples! I love the Edison and had not seen the Ramses before despite Starck being one of my all time favorite designers! And Tyson Ness is a great speaker on this topic… you will learn a lot!

  • Dear Nicole, after watching the League of Extraordinary Men I started my research of steampunk interiors. Thanks Google for leading me to your Blog! This post is fantastic, and your other notes too! I'm definetely folllowing you from now on! Xoxo Maca

  • Nicole says:

    Thanks Maca! I'm happy to have you here!

  • Chrismagic says:

    How much would it cost to furnish a house steampunk?

  • Chrismagic, that's an impossible question to answer… it really depends on your budget. You can furnish bit-by-bit with a little creativity and legwork on your own for very little cost, or you can dive in and refurnish everything, at which point I still can't give a monetary value because it completely depends on each individual project!