Entirely hand made with an adjustable arm and rotary dimmer on the mahogany base. The metal arc or "quadrant" is inspired by a number of objects: First, the Mariners' Quadrant used for nautical navigation, but is also used as a Masonic Emblem signifying a Past Master of a Masonic Lodge. The post is inspired by 19th century industrial tools and equipment usually made of iron, but in this case- steel and mahogany. Details, such as the customized bulb socket and handmade adjustment wheel, lend to the unique configuration.
Designed and built by Art Donovan, This desk clock features antique industrial elements along with a paired down, art deco sensibilty. Made of stained mahogany, brass and plain steel, the clock has custom made brass hands:
The Hour Hand represents an eclipsed Sun and the Minute Hand, a smaller Full Moon.
Featured at Asia's first Steampunk Museum Exhibition/ The Hangaram Design Museum- March, 2014 through May, 2014.
In the full time business of design for 38 years- all in- it becomes necessary to update or change the company logo every now and again. Sometimes the design can be "evolutionary"-keeping the original elements and gently altering the proportions so that the logo looks fresher but is still identifiable as the original. Other times the logo can be "revolutionary"- a complete redesign from top to bottom.
Our newest logo is evolutionary:
TYPEFACE: Extended Copperplate Light typeface changed to Extended Futura Light. The wide kerning and striking out the horizontal stroke in the "A" has been kept .
MARK: Our original Logo Mark (called a "bug" in graphic design) for years was a small, square B/W line drawing of a Mandala form. Actually it was taken from a photograph of our Outdoor Mandala and shopped into a line drawing. I have since replaced it with a simpler crescent moon, the size of which changes to larger or smaller depending on the application. On our website the moon is smaller and in B/W. Seen Here: www.donovandesign.com
Since "The Raven's Chamber" was a custom commission, I had the opportunity to include many details and secrets into the design just for the client's eyes only.
Many sources of inspiration here- from gothic to antique astronomy.
Made of solid mahogany, polar and walnut, glass, iron, plaster, polycarbonate, steel and brass.
Designed and hand made, top to bottom, by Art Donovan for Donovan Design, Southampton NY
It is my greatest honor to be the exhibition supervisor for Asia's very first museum showing of Steampunk art and design. The exhibition titled, "Steampunk. The Art of Victorian Futurism" opened to national fanfare at the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul's massive cultural complex called the Seoul Art Center IDA on March 9, 2014. The artists are featured in 8 joined galleries in the museum.
How big is this place? Think Lincoln Center combined with MoMa and the Met.
The Artists in the show hail from Canada, The U.S., Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy and France.
Since there are over 130 works from 30 global artists in the show, the pics below represent only a very small sample from this comprehensive and most ambitious exhibition.
The Artists (in formation)
I'll be posting many pictures of all of the works in the show soon on my Flickr page
Meanwhile a nice video from ARIRANG TV, Asia's largest English speaking TV network here:
The past thirty-odd years of the decorative and industrial arts have seen a tyranny of modernism. During these years there was scant interest in classical, ornate design elements. This contemporary minimalism, identified by the overused mantra of "clean, crisp design", had reigned unchallenged and nary an antique decorative flourish or hand-wrought detail could be found (effectively ignoring over two centuries of profoundly important design history)".
"Then Steampunk came along and expanded the scope of what is considered 'modern' design. Finally there was the freedom to not only include but celebrate handcrafted elements that took their inspiration from the 19th century arts and industrial crafts. This is a genre that promotes the blessed freedom to create without the aesthetic restrictions of the 'less is more' philosophy".
"It's important to know that Steampunk is neither a simple nostalgia nor a trip down Retro Lane. Running parallel and heavily informed by the current Maker movement, Steampunk strives to embrace modern technology, craft and art as it cherishes the evidence, not the obliteration, of the creative human hand".
Art Donovan, Bookish Interview. Nov 2013
The Siddhartha Pod Lantern. My very first Steampunk work. Early 2007. Featured in the world's first Steampunk Exhibition held at The Museum of the History of Science, the University of Oxford, 2009-2010. Solid, hand carved mahogany, solid brass and illuminated throughout. Hand painted gold leaf scroll work embellishments. A moon phase clock with a hand engraved face in the lower center of the design. 54" tall x 24" wide.
The Sun+ Moon Table lamp features an ultra thin, wire body in matte black steel.
A single, satin brass ring around the globe bulb reflects the light and appears to glow.
Balanced on the opposite end by a crescent moon in brass.
Evocative of the astronomical sciences in a completely un-ornate design.
Designed and hand made by Art Donovan.
Top link is from the New York Times 3/22/13
A tapered, spun filament lampshade. Brass and matte black. 7.5" wide x 13" tall x 6" deep. An electric candle bulb can be substituted for dramatic effect. A mahogany stained wall plate may also be specified. May be hung as a pin up lamp or hard wired. Designed and hand made by Art Donovan
"Instead of curlicues and scroll work over metal to conceal the inner
workings of things, Steampunk delivers the opposite effect. In short, it
is a full blown design exfoliation."
"But why now? Has contemporary modernism, which is so downright sterile in it's lack of ornamentation, run it's course?"
"Perhaps the answer lies in a restlessness and a desire for a messy vitality which allows the imagination to soar."
Written by Author & Architect, Anne Surchin, Pres./ AIA, 2008
(This title and excerpt is taken from the gallery journal for the world's very first steampunk design exhibition: "Steampunk. The new genre of art and design", It was held in Bridgehampton, NY., August, 2008. Among the artists included were Datamancer, Eric Freitas, Jake Von Slatt, Susan Rachael Forbes, Crab Fu, Jos DeVink, and Bethany Peters.
The event was created and curated by Art Donovan. The museography and design was created by Leslie Tarbell Donovan of Staging Places, Southampton.
All material © 2007-2008 Donovan Design Co.
The Raj. Designed and built by Art Donovan for Donovan Design. Ogee edges on both disks. Hand brushed in 8 layers of low satin stain- a deep brown-black in color. The lamp face has concentric rings of varing depths carved into it's surface. The light of the shielded bulb catches the edges of the circles. The steel clockface is finished in a matte, zinc gray with hand-made clock hands in electric blue and a gold leaf star on the sweep second hand. Weathered brass and satin brass details. 60 watt globe.
Couchette II Wall Lamp. Not Steampunk. But only a portion of my designs are in the Steampunk style. This is a Pin Up Wall Light. That is, no need for hard wiring it into an electrical box. It simply hangs on the wall with a small picture hook or wall screw. There is a micro On/Off toggle switch on the wall plate for convenience. Hand carved solid maple and brass details. May also be hardwired and done in custom colors, if desired. Designed and hand made by Art Donovan
Unlacquered, acid-washed solid brass, tempered glass and solid mahogany. 25" tall x 13.5" diam. The materials were selected for their very durable properties in high salt air and marine applications, such as yachts and staterooms. A full rotary dimmer located on the base and although the lamp would work in any residential or comercial location, it may be post-mounted for permanent, unmovable boat installation. Designed and Hand made by Art Donovan. You can view our collection of hand made, marine grade lamps here.
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My most complex piece to date.
A Commissioned Sculpture for a restored, mid-1700's Barn in Sag Harbor, NY.
The Grand Master is 6' tall x 5' wide and features an illuminated, double-sided center disk. Over three months to design, build and paint. Oversized, hand machined brass bolts. Solid Mahogany body.
*A Moon Phase Clock is located in the center and is back-lit with hand painted phases of the Moon.
*Five, 48" diameter, horizontal rings encircle the disk.
*The Crown Unit features moving, gas flame bulbs along with hidden up-lights to wash the ceiling with light. The amber glass plates are illuminted from within the crown.
*The custom Ceiling Medallion (not shown) houses CFL and LED bulbs with a 400 watt equivalent. The light washes the 23' high ceiling and provides full ambient illumination for the Main Room of the barn. This allows the lights in the unit to be dimmed to a more artistic and lower level.
*The two clockworks on the right are calibrated in special increments:
(Top) The time it takes the light from the Moon to reach the Earth in seconds. Avg. 1.25 seconds.
(Bottom) The time it takes the light from the Sun to reach the Earth in minutes. Avg. 8.3 minutes
*The swinging brass pendulum is back lit with a U.V. bulb.
*On the reverse side is a hand painted, Full Moon rendered in translucent dyes, while the craters are hand carved into the fiberglass surface. It was inspired by a digitally enhanced Nasa image- hence the exagerated details and color profile.
*Twin 42" diameter, Polycarbonate Convex Lenses cover both the front and back faces to suggest the crystal of a time piece.
*The industrial-styled gimbal and round bezel are painted in matte, zinc gray with the crown in matte black.
Designed and entirely hand made by Art Donovan for Donovan Design, Southampton, NY
I am very happy to announce that the second edition of my book, "The Art of Steampunk" (Fox Chapel Publishing) will be available this May. Expanding on the original artists featured in the historic Oxford Steampunk Museum exhibition, this edition illustrates the wide, creative influences of this wonderful genre. These new artists represent Steampunk in the most dramatic, creative and sophisticated manner. (Cover Art by Sam VanOlffen- Wait till you see!
This is certainly not news to those of us who have been working in the genre since it's begining but it is surprising to see, nontheless.
Steampunk hits in 2013- Via Forbes Magazine.
The 221B Gas Flame Lantern. Of course it's an electric bulb (on top) that moves and vibrates like an authentic gas flame. Named after that famous address that all Steampunks recognize, it's a classic Donovan design in brass, warm gray and black. Designed and handmade by Art Donovan.
The "Ravi Palace". 7 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide. An evolutionary Steampunk design where shape trumps ornament. Inspired by the design on spider silk tapestry! By Art Donovan. Read the full story of this work here.
Steampunk is a grand theater, referencing the past through modern eyes.
Herein, essays describing the uniqueness of this bougeoning genre of art and design.
Featured in the posts below are my works in Steampunk Art.
The 'flame' of the electric candle occilates inside the glass globe to a dramtic effect.
This bulb is the closest visual approximation of an actual candle flame available. The color, physical movement, size and glow is identical to that of a real flame. This unique configuration is based on original Victorian gas fixtures from the 1800's and echoes a Steampunk aesthetic. The electric candle uses only 3 watts of electricity. The base is made of raw, weathered brass and antique pine.
Designed and hand made by Art Donovan.
author, Anne Surchin, AIA
(From the artist's journal of the world's first Steampunk exhibiton
Bridgehampron, NY. Created and Curated by Art Donovan, 2008
"Petite Cosmo" Maple. Poplar. Brass. Stainless Steel. Glass. Clockwork. The base of the unit has a moon phase clockwork. Hand Painted Moons in eight phases plus a 12 hour clock with hand made hands. The views here illustrate different lamp head designs that may be ordered.
Above: Clear Glass Globe with Small White Bulb.
Below: Spiral Filament Bulb in Clear Glass Globe.
Bottom: Frosted Glass Globe.
It was a pleasure to be featured on Modern Marvel's "Weird Machines" episode tonight.
The episode on H2 (History's sister channel) will be aired again on Dec. 17th at 10 PM Eastern and Dec. 18th at 12 AM Eastern. The show featured all manner of beautiful and bizzare hand crafted devices and my part illustrated the "Steampunk" influence on design.
And in case you've not seen it yet, a wonderful BBC interview from my Steampunk Oxford Museum Exhibition here. Regards to all!
I am proud to say that my new book, "The Art of Steampunk" was just featured on CBS 'Sunday Morning'.
Above: The Craniometer. A unique piece inspired by an antique device from the late 19th. century. This piece is the third quadrant on my "Shiva Mandala" (Illuminated Steampunk Sculpture).
A full-size skull set in a mahogany ring with brass rods radiating. Lit from the top by a custom UV lamp. Click here to view the entire piece.
Best Regards! Art Donovan (donovandesign(at)optonline.net)
I felt that the color profile and textures here were as important as the configuration.
Black, Golden Brass (like those antique microscopes), Deep Mahogany, Matte Warm Gray and Faux Rust. The 'Rust', seemingly out of place with the rest of the finishes, alludes to some heavy galvanic reation to the high voltage. (actually standard 120 volt :) Made of reclaimed wood- cut, turned and hand finished.
The "Parrish Carriage III" (above) has a working clock under the glass bubble . Solid Mahogany, Brass and Bronze Mesh. The Parrish I and II (center and bottom) have hand painted designs with esoteric symbols. My favorite "sister" wall lights. Designed, Hand Made, Hand Painted, Signed + Dated by Art Donovan
Number 1 on Amazon for 13 weeks! (Pop Art).
Here are some reviews for my new book, "The Art of Steampunk" from Foxchapel Publishers.
"...Review: An absolutely gorgeous introduction to Steampunk for those just getting into it. Also, if you’re looking for costuming or jewelry ideas, or just art ideas in general, this is a really good source for those ideas. Just looking at some of these pieces made me drool a little. Welcome to the Steampunk movement. Educate yourself with this book, because it’s the best non-fiction intro to Steampunk that I’ve ever read."
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The "Sultan Jack" Table Lamp. For Lab or Home. 28" tall x 24" wide with a Solid Mahogany adjustment wheel. Signed and Dated 2011. Entirely Hand Made byArt Donovan, Southampton.
The Steampunk Modern Desk Clock. Entirely hand made- from the base to the unique hands- by Art Donovan
"Otto" Steampunk Device by Art Donovan
"Nemo" Outdoor Mandala with glowing, hand painted full moon and an ultraviolet, illuminated clock below.
Designed and built by Art Donovan
I would surely say that there is a Steampunk-kind of influence in my latest lamp designs.
Our new lighting division, Sage Marine, features three of my latest works. These are cabin lamps for yachts and are made of virtually indestructable materials for the open seas- such as chrome plated silicon bronze and solid mahogany.
Here is the link. www.sagemarine.blogspot.com
Now... back to watching, "Master and Commander".
My new Steampunk Weather Station. Modded light bulbs, naturally weathered brass, perforated brass bulb shade, mahogany, weather instruments and steel. 31" tall with three gauges on the base for time, temperature and humidity. Designed and Hand, Autumn, 2010. Use the "Comments" area for all sales inqueries or custom projects.