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Steampunk where aesthetic marries classic and quirky

Restaurant and coffee shop owners are always looking for the right design and décor style to complement both their menu and their unique space, while at the same time not sacrificing comfort and customer enjoyment.
 

Steampunk coffee shops like TRUTH have hit the spot when it comes to finding a design trend that is exciting and fun, while still being flexible enough to provide the customer with a great experience. The theme has enabled them to win awards thanks to its extraordinary feel. It's a design trend that stands out as being modern while firmly rooted in the comforts of the past.

What started off as a trend in science fiction has developed into a look that works in décor, engineering, and fashion. Steampunk novels imagined a modern world that used Victorian technology - men in top hats using steam-powered computers. As a visual, it provides plenty of opportunities to transform what might appear to be scrap, such as cogs or pieces of machinery, into part of an arresting décor trend.

The neo-Victorian aspect allows designers to play with rich leathers and metals and modify them to appeal to a modern, coffee-drinking crowd. It uses a retro-futuristic vision to stand out from the competition, incorporating art-nouveau styles into modern appliances and technology.

How to use the steampunk aesthetic in your cafe -  The artistic influence comes from the Victorian era, with wood and leather elements, attention to details with brass fittings, and visible copper and piping all part of the décor. The antiqued look paired with retro light bulbs and classic cabinets paired with industrial style furnishings mean that this look can be as simple or complex as the restaurant owner likes, being easily tailored to suit the needs of the business. Pairing Teledo Industrial high stools in Gun Metal finish with rich wooden bars, or using an eclectic mix of wooden chairs and classic leather sofas around metal tables could provide a focus for the steampunk aesthetic.

Other elements that can be incorporated into the decor are Victorian travel suitcases, bookshelves stocked with old leather and cloth bound volumes, a mix and match collection of interesting and unique china and flatware, industrial floor lighting alongside antique mirrors or antique style photographs and artworks. The look of the Victorian explorer perfectly lends itself to this design motif.

The field is open to all kinds of quirky details, limited only by the imagination. If you're looking for quality furniture for your steampunk themed coffee shop, and excellent design service, speak to a member of our design team about your vision.

Image credits: Shanna Jones/Barcroft Media, The Guardian, The Telegraph

Posted by: Josh Seddon

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