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post #16 of 24
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I like the steampunk aesthetic, but have a hard time imagining it working well in real life. Seems like you'd need an immersive environment. What's the point of building a steampunk computer to sit on your Ikea desk in your one-bedroom apartment built 10 years ago?

I wouldn't mind a small private den done up entirely in the aesthetic, though. Lots of dark hardwoods and brass.

That's definitely my frame of mind. In a cohesive environment it'd be fantastic, but the illusion is lost when entered into everyday life and it just becomes awkward kitsch.

I know a few high-profile game designers (see: Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants) that have modeled their homes on such an aesthetic to amazing results.
post #17 of 24
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That's definitely my frame of mind. In a cohesive environment it'd be fantastic, but the illusion is lost when entered into everyday life and it just becomes awkward kitsch.

I know a few high-profile game designers (see: Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants) that have modeled their homes on such an aesthetic to amazing results.

That's why we need beautiful things for every utility and purpose. From the pen you use to the pictures on your walls.

The artists, McDermott & McGough live entirely in the 19th century:



In 2003

Their house:



http://community.livejournal.com/tim...15.html#cutid1
post #18 of 24
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That's why we need beautiful things for every utility and purpose. From the pen you use to the pictures on your walls.


+1 10^100
post #19 of 24
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That's why we need beautiful things for every utility and purpose. From the pen you use to the pictures on your walls.

The artists, McDermott & McGough live entirely in the 19th century:

I agree with you, LK. But unlike McDermott & McGough, I have no interest in pretending to live in a century other than my own. Surely there's beauty and value to be found in every age.
post #20 of 24
Did you guys ever play that old computer game Thief and Thief II? One of my old-school favorites that uses the steampunk aesthetic exceedingly well.
post #21 of 24
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Did you guys ever play that old computer game Thief and Thief II? One of my old-school favorites that uses the steampunk aesthetic exceedingly well.

Oh hell yes
post #22 of 24
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Did you guys ever play that old computer game Thief and Thief II? One of my old-school favorites that uses the steampunk aesthetic exceedingly well.

Probably my favorite PC game(s) ever. Long live Looking Glass.

I agree, that's a perfect example.
post #23 of 24
The game MYST also had some steampunk elements.
post #24 of 24
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In a cohesive environment it'd be fantastic, but the illusion is lost when entered into everyday life and it just becomes awkward kitsch.
I think it could work well in any environment with a mix of genuine artistic items. Retro-futurism and steam punk may be a vision of the future rather than just a kitschy nostalgia. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=41819&page=3
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