''Steampunk''. A genre, a word, a style that I am drawn to. Every mention of the word perks me up.
Yet I realize that I have very little sense of what steampunk really is, or how a steampunk kitchen might actually look.
The literal definition doesn't help me much.
''Steampunk: sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence (??) during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain Â but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine).'' [Wikipedia]
As there isn't that much high technology in a kitchen, this basically points me to a Victorian style. Not sure what that means. I thought Victorian kitchens were usually nasty holes for servants?
Maybe I should be less literal. Other associations with ''steampunk'' include ''cyberpunk'' and ''industrial''.
''Cyberpunk'' is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life". . . It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order'' [Wikipedia] Hmm, I'd like more social order at home, not less. And if I can't even work the microwave's defrost menu, what would I do with kitchen cybernetics?
''Industrial'' is a more fertile ground for kitchen design, I think. Recyclers like Urban Remains in Chicago has fascinating vintage medical, surgical and apothecary equipment that would look great in a kitchen. Stainless steel operating room carts would be great worktables, serving carts, and mobile bars. Pharmacy cabinets can house spices, oils, canning jars, and glassware. Ceiling-mounted operating room lights seem ideal for doing an emergency spinectomy on a tuna (see the great picture in the "Help Me" thread). Industrial small parts drawers could organize utensils and dry goods.
So, when I try to follow through on my fascination for the term ''steampunk'', I basically come down to a mix of old-style wood furnishings and repurposed vintage industrial equipment, with dÃ©cor accents of brass and iron.
What do you steampunk lovers say? Do you have a different vision? Any inspiration images to share?