Steampunk Style: Scrappy Designs from Reclaimed Antiques


Process and product are aligned with aesthetics in this series of playful home furnishings. They are not just made to look old but actually crafted from vintage parts of old fixtures, furniture scraps and other found objects.

Galvanized pipe, reclaimed wood, salvaged steel, tin cans, rusted pots and an antique cords are the most obvious pieces of Sean Wollsey‘s lamps, for instance.

On a smaller scale, though, hemp wire, in-line switches, weathered fasteners and careworn hinges bring a sense of authenticity to even the more minute material details.

Beyond furnishings and fixtures, he creates wall-hanging works of rustic-looking art and heavy-duty, recycled-material tables, benches and other furniture as well.

Some might still call it kitsch or imitation, until they see the craftsman in action – from his faded leather work apron and thick-rimmed glasses to the tools and toolboxes he uses, Sean truly practices what he preaches (or lives what and where he works, as it were).

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