The new furniture/art store features unique pieces from the steampunk genre
It all comes together in the ethos of steampunk, a retro futuristic subgenre of science fiction dealing with 19th-century technology and aesthetic designs inspired by industrial steam-powered machinery.
For visual cues, think of movies such as “Mortal Engines,” “Wild Wild West,” “Treasure Planet,” Robert Downey Jr.’s “Sherlock Holmes” films and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
Despite its Victorian-era aesthetic, you can see plenty of examples — including furniture, artwork, sculpture and much more — in today’s world at Rainier’s new Steampunk Furniture, which opened Aug. 8 at 215 East C Street. Steampunk Furniture is open by appointment weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
According to owner/artist Joe Mauck and contributing artist Carl Sumsion — both are teachers at St. Helens High School — the store marks a merger of their interests,