I must admit that Steampunk had passed me by till earlier this year when my good friend Bill Schweber alerted me to some being done by a neighbors of his in Boston.
I was looking to add some interesting content to ESC Boston and I soon make contact with Bruce Rosenbaum who has quickly become an authority on Steampunk art and design through his Victorian home restoration and modernization companies, ModVic (Modern Victorian) and Steampuffin.
Bruce had put together a panel for ESC at which attendees will be able to learn about the coolest aesthetic now going on in object design. According to Bruce his vision of Steampunk is retro future art and; design style that infuses modern technology into period objects, rooms, homes, offices, restaurants, hotels and even whole; mill building complexes!
The Steampunk Design workshop – How to Engineer Science into Art (or visa versa) – will be an interactive seminar with a panel of Steampunk; design 'experts' including a Steampunk Guru & Evangelist, Architect, Interior Designer, Technologist and Architectural Salvager.
Bruce's Steampunk House has appeared on many TV shows, radio, newspaper and magazine articles including MTV Extreme Cribs, Channel 5's 'Chronicle', Oddities, TLC, WBUR, NPR, Boston Globe,Boston Phoenix, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Victorian Homes Magazine, Wired Magazine, CNN.com as well as many others.
As well as Bruce the panel will include Dennis Dubuc, Technologist; CFO & General Manager of Audio Concepts and he the originator & host of a Steampunk Jules Verne room at Audio Concepts/Boston. Its home theater components and highly coveted Ekornes Stressless Paloma leather seating are integrated into the room. They include the Panasonic plasma TV, a Paradigm subwoofer, the Paradigm Millennia Series speakers, a Leon center channel speaker, an Anthem receiver, a Samsung blu ray player, a universal remote control system and the overhead lighting from New World.
Architect Mark Landsberg will join the panel and his company MLA Consultants, is currently involved in ongoing consulting work for MIT, a car rental company, Brazilian Churches and individual clients and groups. The firm has past and present involvement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miami Design Preservation League, National Endowment for the Arts, Jackson Homestead of Newton, and the Boston Architectural College.
Bill Raymer is an Architectural Salvage Expert and owner of Restoration Resources which has featured onThis Old House, Ask This Old House, The Nate Berkus Show, Chronicle, NECN, HGTV, and DIY.
Interior Designer Linda Hentschel is Principal of I-Design and has led workshops and seminars for both design professionals and interior design enthusiasts. In response to client demand, she has expanded her business to include event design, real estate staging and interior redesign.