Great article over on Designboom
which looks at adding a mechanical old style telephone mechanism over a modern smartphone electronics. Very steampunk.
It's an odd thing about such things, the designer in me hates it, but the artist in me loves it. But there is something deeper here. steampunk for me is like science fiction, in that it really isn't about the past or the future, but about the present, and our relationship to it being examined in a way that allows us to be creative. The rotary dialler and its mechanism attempts to put more life back into our everyday objects, life that has been smoothed away by a homogenised smartphone screen.
There is an even darker side about steampunk to me, in that we might be looking into our future, our post-apocalyptic future, where we cobble together the remaining bits of technology to make our day-to-day objects.
Anyway, to cheer us up here are some more photos, but for more you will have to go over to Designboom
and read the story there.
I seriously want this. I hope they manufacture it!
Meanwhile over on Designboom I saw this cork stool "Senta" that looked interesting.
Created by Fernando Brizio for a cork manufacturing company it is designed as a carry stool; you can pack the whole thing up and re-assemble it wherever you need to sit down. Fantastic for picnics, or, combined with the above article, for use sitting whilst sketching in your cork covered sketchbook.