Greetings, home decor aficionado! It is time again for a mini-retrospective of the amazing art furniture by Yabette! Swankety Swank was founded upon “Honoring Beauty, Earth and Age” and today we showcase three amazing Steampunk inspired pieces that do just that!
Steampunk “is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used, usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain. It has prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy; and it often features anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them.”
This Dragon Cabinet commission is one of Yabette’s more recent pieces. The client wanted a clockwork dragon and boy, did Yabette deliver! Composed of gears and covered in rivets, this draconic guardian is sure to keep unwanted folks away from the liquor inside!
A fabulous detail of the Dragon Cabinet depicts Yabette’s astonishing attention to light and form, color and shadow.
This Steampunk Sideboard image was the first Steampunk inspired piece painted by Yabette! Little did she know how many other pieces it would inspire! Yabette likes to say that if she ever had a gun it would have to be like this one and it would shoot flowers that turned to smoke! Now that’s gun control!
Here’s a lovely view of the Steampunk sideboard in Swankety Swank’s window at the store’s first location at McAllister and Baker. Today Swankety Swank is located at 289 Divisadero (at Haight) and contains more handpainted art furniture than could ever have fit in this space! We are adding new pieces every week!
This tantalizing tableau depicts the Steampunk Cycle Sideboard amidst amazing handcrafted art and jewelry (painting by Stephanie Mufson).
Here’s a detail of the painted Steampunk cycle in all of its futuristic glory. I like to imagine that this bicycle makes trumpet sounds as one takes it for a spin.
Have a Steampunk graphic that you would like painted on a piece of furniture for your home? Or maybe you are looking for a sideboard, cabinet or nightstand for that special place in your home? Come into Swankety Swank and talk to Yabette and see what kind of furniture magic she can manifest for you! Yabette not only finds unique pieces of furniture for her clients, she will also work on a piece you already own. And if you love Steampunk, Yabette has the Victorian perspective from which she can choose a design specifically suited for your individual tastes!