Time travel, steampunk and botany inspire Victorian-themed Indian restaurant
A new Indian restaurant and cocktail bar has opened in London with a design that pays tribute to the scientists and botanists of the Victorian era and their explorations in the jungles of India. Walls and shelves of the restaurant are filled with authentic 19th century artefacts evoking adventurous tropical explorations, such as apothecary bottles, microscopes, looking glasses, walking canes, jars of plant specimens and original botanical prints. In addition to its tropical flourishes, the design features examples of Steampunk style and lighting, industrial parts and custom-designed metalwork used by Victorian engineers such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This is juxtaposed with 21st century pop light fittings and luxury suiting fabrics. “Victorian Britain is a fabulous treasure trove of scientific, artistic and literary works,â Chebaane told CLAD. âAfter reading dozen of books from the 19th century, I edited and condensed them into one narrative arc and developed an aesthetic language to design an experience relevant to todayâs youth, while also being inclusive to a more mature audience. The result is a mixture of Victorian fantasy and postmodernist design.”
This steampunk themed clock designed by the famous Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli is the largest animated clock in the world. The clock was completed in December 2006 after a design period of over four years.
The enormous copper clock is 12 metres high, 18 metres wide, and has extensive animations timed to music including firing steam cannon, moving figures, and moving legs like Howls Moving Castle.
The clock was built by sculptor Shachimaru Kunio who also built the giant Laputa robot on the rooftop of the Ghibli museum. Miyazaki said that he wanted to make something that would be loved by future generations that would last beyond his animated characters.
These things just look amazing when painted and look like they were made to be steampunked.
More awesomeness after the jump! Here is a WIP pic before paint of a clear x-8 which as I understand can’t even be found in the US. LGC seems to have no limit to random steampunky bits to build his art. I personally can’t identify any of the pieces. This makes me think there is a high possiblity that this may have at one time been owned by jerm who had one shipped in before selling off his collection on ebay.
pianobed: “Honey, open your piano, it’s time to go to bed.” ….?!?!
After my very first past & past column back in August. I had some requests to address the history of the Murphy bed. Its only taken 6 months and some nudging from Grace but heres some insight into the Murphy bed!
The practice of hiding the bed became a 19th century art form and practical solution to the lack of space. The parlor was the defining room from 1850 1900 and signaled the social circle to which the family belonged. The parlors decorations illustrated the social refinement of the family and was where all the best things would have been displayed.
This is a pair of steampunk engineer goggles which have a medium blue base coat and are highlighted with a metallic silver finish. They have been painted and sealed with a flat sealer. They also have pewter colored extension rings that are highlighted with aluminum sand-offs. Each eye piece is decorated with a distressed silver finished metal wing and gears which are mounted to the sides with chrome acorn nuts. Hexagonal stand-offs are also mounted on each side . They include 2-50 mm poly carbonate clear lenses, 2-50 mm shade 3 green lenses, and an elastic adjustable head band. The lenses are removable and interchangeable. One of a kind. Thanks for browsing.
This pair of goggles have a slightly different blue hued base on each eyepiece with copper metallic highlights. They include 2-50 mm clear lenses, 2-50 mm #3 green shaded lenses and an adjustable elastic head band. The lenses can be removed, exchanged and installed in whatever variation you like. They have gears and arrows affixed to each eyepiece with brass knurled nuts. One of a kind. Thanks for browsing.
Modeled on the same classic designs of the Machine Age and built by hand with industrial grade components. Solid steel, iron, and brass fittings comprise the main fixture frame. An antique style pendant lamp graces the pulleys. Pendant consists of an aged brass lamp socket with flat paddle switch, 9 loving feet of new vintage style twisted cloth cord and an industrial wall plug. Finished off with a smart-looking 8″ brass cone shade.