& Coffee Table Corner: Steampunk

It is about time that I did a steampunk style Coffee Table post. Or a steampunk style post in general. It’s such a huge style and genre movement these days. I can’t turn my head on the Internet without seeing steampunk costumes, jewelry, novels, artwork.

It’s a happy medium between history buffs – Victorian England style, those big dresses, corsets, elaborate hair. And sci-fi buffs – clockwork engineering, antique-looking laser guns (wait…is that a steampunk thing?), enormous dirigibles and zeppelins.

The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes by Benjamin Dewey. Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.

The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes by Benjamin Dewey. Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin.

So…what steampunk books should you display in your steampunk living room?

I saw a Tragedy series comic a couple years ago and loved the style. It was Tragedy #236: “Soulmates, each engrossed in same tome, never meet.” And it depicted two well-dressed, unknowing soulmates, reading books and walking in opposite directions.

It appealed to me as a book lover, plus I loved the way it was drawn. It was part of a tumblr series which has since expanded and been made into a book!

It’s all in sepia tones, each page with three funny, steampunk style tragedies. Some of them have basis in cliches or folk sayings, and some of them make no sense. But they’re guffaw-worthy, and look great on a coffee table for guests to pick up and giggle at.

Coloring with Your Octopus by Brian Kesinger. Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books

Coloring with Your Octopus by Brian Kesinger. Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books

But wait…there’s more!

Because apparently I can’t get through a post without including a coloring book these days, check out this steampunk coloring book with charming scenes of a girl (“Victoria Psismall”), and her magically-able-to-breath-on-land octopus (“Otto”).

Snake-charming, carousel-riding…color it all and then display your artwork on the walls of the same living room where this steampunk coloring book used to lie.

Mayfair's Signature Design by Ashley Coffee Table. Found here.

Mayfair’s Signature Design by Ashley Coffee Table. Found here.

There are lots of clockwork or machinery-themed coffee tables Unfortunately, a lot of them look deadly.

Like, I’d be afraid of “Death by Coffee Table” being put on my tombstone. Because I’m clumsy. And I would trip and gouge my face on a coffee table. That is something I would do.

But these two, by Mayfair and Restoration Hardware, are subtle enough that I think I might just get a bruise on my head.

Glass Top Furniture Factory Cart by Restoration Hardware. Found here.

Glass Top Furniture Factory Cart by Restoration Hardware. Found here.

They’re a nice compromise between old school wood coffee table and new school hardware. Plus, they’re on cool looking wheels. I’d probably spend whole afternoons just scooting them around the room for fun.

Hey, I’m easily amused.

What are your favorite steampunk titles, coffee table or otherwise?

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