Steam Punk Computers: A Great Fit for Old Homes

Apr 23, 2009 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

I’ve never seen anything like this, but now that I have I’ll never be satisfied by a dull, beige or black computer tower again. Not that I ever really appreciated the look of those ungodly machines, but I’ll think even less of them now.

computationalengine41 e1284523094864 Steam Punk Computers: A Great Fit for Old HomesAt, Richard Nagy has put together some absolutely beautiful technological creations. He works in a style called Steam Punk, which involves converging modern technology with old world aesthetics. In essence he imagines what today’s technology would have looked like back in the mid to late 1800’s when steam power was the latest technology.

In the image to the left, the antiquated typewriter is a fully functioning keyboard and that book on the desk is actually a flatbed scanner. That’s right, a scanner or as he so eloquently named it – the Opti-Transcripticon. His website has a brief behind the scenes look at the scanner mod.

datamancerlaptop closed 150x150 Steam Punk Computers: A Great Fit for Old Homesdatamancerlaptop open 150x150 Steam Punk Computers: A Great Fit for Old HomesRichard has also built a laptop that compliments his desktop creation perfectly. And the whole turn-the-key power button is ingenious. Reminds me of something you’d see in the movie Time Machine, based on the classic H.G. Well’s book by the same name.

So for those of you out there with an old home – there is another way. Your modern computer doesn’t need to clash with your old world interior design. Naturally, there’s a high cost for these detailed customizations, but when you’re dealing with fine art it’s usually worth it.

Wall Street Journal Video Highlighting Nagy’s Steam Punk Laptop:

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  1. I really dig steampunk stuff– I’ve seen the laptop before, but not the big desk unit. Although the Victorian look shown in the pieces above is classic steampunk, I see no reason why an Arts and Crafts or Art Noveau style wouldn’t be equally effective for the purposes of illusion and aesthetics, even if it falls outside the constraints of the subculture’s alternative future past.

    • I agree, Josh. It would be way cool to see something like this in the Arts and Crafts style. Probably wouldn’t have the same vibe though, since so much of steam punk is based on gadgety looking gears, metal trinkets and other decorative doodads. Could surely throw in some stained glass, ironwork, etc. to add color and texture.

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