You’re probably familiar with “Steampunk,” but defining the term can be difficult. A generic definition according to Steampunk.com is that it is “first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk).“
The Steampunk “movement” has included growing sub-cultures in cities, themed parties, lots of creative fashions and even bands. It also has inspired individuals to create utilitarian objects in the Steampunk style. New York City based designer Art Donovan has been one such individual who has been actively involved with creating such objects. The utilitarian aspect? Light.
Donovan has been specializing in hand crafting custom lighting and illuminated sculptural objects since 1990 and his Steampunk designs are some of his most amazing works. They come in many shapes and sizes and include ceiling mounts, chandeliers, floor, table and desk lamps. Each piece is one of a kind and has its own unique feel and style. Donovan published a book on the visual genre of steampunk titled “The Art of Steampunk” and this May a 2nd edition is coming out. Keep in touch with Art Donovan on his blog or his design company.