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7 The closet door in
Bruce Rosenbaum's
home office features a
functioning porthole and
open/close valve wheel.

8 A concept drawing for a
wine tower steam clock,
which will incorporate an
1870s German tower clock
at a Napa Valley winery.

nance, or we offer maintenance contracts. If motors or other
parts need to be replaced over time, we've designed in easy
access to do that.
VIRTUALLY ALL STEAMPUNK INSTALLATIONS INCORPORATE
HISTORIC AND/OR EXISITING MATERIALS. IN YOUR VIEW, DOES
THAT GIVE STEAMPUNK A "SUSTAINABILITY HALO"?

Steampunk is the ultimate design philosophy for the green movement. Built into the whole idea and aesthetic of Steampunk is
repurposing and reusing period objects-mostly pieces that are
destined for history's trash heap. From small objects to buildings or
whole cities, Steampunk is sustainability mixed with meaning and
creative problem solving. It's an act of time-defiance and time-resilience to adapt an object, building or city and give it a new life.

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More often than not, things start when I get a call from a general
manager at a hotel or a mall, or an interior designer or architect
working on an adaptive reuse project where they love the Steampunk aesthetic and want to incorporate an art piece that is
iconic, relevant and meaningful for their guests or clients.
That said, thinking about art usually comes in the latter
stages of a project's development, so we're often coming in when
a lot of the building is already themed and fixed. But the ideal
time for us to start our creative process is early on, when a project's concepting is just starting. Getting in early allows us
maximum time to do our historical research of the noted people,
building and location; review the current plans and layout; and
think about the future vision/impact of the project.
Also, it can take anywhere from three months to 18 months to
source the period objects, and design and engineer our functional artwork (including lighting, kinetic movement, sound,
interactivity, technology), so getting in earlier is always better.
PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE HERE. SOME MIGHT ARGUE THAT
STEAMPUNK IS JUST A PASSING FAD. HOW DO YOU RESPOND
TO THAT?

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The whole essence of Steampunk design is its ability to adapt and
be resilient in the face of change. The time periods that we are
inspired by and go back to will change in the future, but the
"opposites-thinking" and creative problem-solving involved in
creating Steampunk installations and their evolutionary
offshoots will never go out of style.
Right now, Steampunk is focused on the Victorian and Industrial periods. However, I'm also dabbling in Decopunk (1930s),
Dieselpunk (1940s) and even MidCenturyModernPunk (1950s).
Who knows what might be next? I can't wait to see!
For more from Bruce Rosenbaum, go to BoutiqueDesign.com 

J A K E V O N S L AT T, S T E A M P U N K W O R K S H O P ( S T E A M P U N K C L O S E T D O O R ) ;
JOE Y MARSOCCI ( WINE TOWER S TE AM CLOCK )

WHEN IT COMES TO HOSPITALITY-BASED STEAMPUNK WORKS,
HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH/TEAM WITH THE INTERIOR
DESIGNERS WORKING AT THE SAME PLACE?


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Boutique Design - April 2016
Contents
From The Editor
In This Issue
The Buzz
Wall Power
Q+A: Steam Punk Dynamo
Hit Refresh
White Paper
Products: Bath + Spa
Products: Textiles
Exit Interview
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