Although his workshop in Minsk officially exists to repair appliances, Belarusian Dmitry Tihonenko is also an artist who transforms humble household appliances into fully functional steampunk works of art. His own fridge, microwave, coffee machine, television, stereo, dishwasher, most of his furniture and even his mobile phone have all been given stunning steampunk makeovers.
What has become an obsession began as a hobby while Dmitry was serving in the military:
“The hobby to metal began in the army, when I served in the Northern Fleet in the Barents Sea. On the ship, there are many details made of the copper, which you regularly have to scrub. Gradually it turned into a habit.”
“From my grandmother I have got an old but working fridge, it was pity to throw in the trash, and I decided to “upgrade” it.”
The funny thing is, while he’s been ‘upgrading’ appliances for years, it wasn’t until 2011 that Dmitry learned that there was a name for his beloved aesthetic of riveted brass and copper, wood, ornate handles and lots of buttons and knobs.
Head over to EnglishRussia for many additional photo of Dmitry Tihonenko’s steampunk housewares.