We may have awesome technology, but our great-grandparents had awesome-looking technology. And therein lies much of the appeal of the Steampunk movement.
Today's sleek beige boxes and flat black screens can't hold a candle (or a gaslight) to the polished hardwood, intricate cast iron, and careful craftsmanship of the Victorian era.
Today, a handful of gifted artisans are taking hammer and blowtorch in hand to correct the imbalance between function and form, turning their PCs, keyboards, MP3 players, and cell phones into unique works of art that recall the aesthetic sensibilities of a bygone era. In this slideshow, we'll look at the work of five of these makers (as they call themselves).
These artisans are part of a larger movement that combines modern and Victorian technologies. There are Steampunk novels (James P. Blaylock's Lord Kelvin's Machine and Homunculus , and William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine ), movies (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Van Helsing ), and even cakes.
But for the moment, we'll stay out of the kitchen and show you tech workmanship instead.
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