I had an idea to create a companion blog to Well-Met about men’s home decor and design with a style I called Futurustic. Instead for 2012 I have decided to merge it into Well-Met as a sort of section or topic here.
So what is this futurustic?
Futurustic is an all-encompassing term I am using to describe my own personal lifestyle that I believe can be appealing to others. It is a masculine take on existing eco-friendly aesthetics that incorporates the modern with the traditional. It was initially meant as a term for decor, but can also apply to fashion, arts, and other lifestyle choices including technology, even cooking.
It is – as the portmanteau name suggests – a hybrid style, a combination of futuristic (contemporary or modern) and rustic (classic, traditional, even folk) styles. It could also be seen as a combination of things urban and rural which may seem a different way of saying the same thing. It also is a combination of the technological with the natrual. The words of Futurustic Lifestyle themselves can be combined in other ways that give more description themselves of the style: Futuristic Style/Rustic Life, Futuristic Life/Rustic Style.
I came up with the term myself but others have used it as well – Urban Dictionary even has a serviceable definition for it:
A building, product or object that appears both ‘futuristic’, yet also ‘rustic’, by combining new technologies and traditional materials, building methods/production techniques.
In my vision of the style the description can be reversed as well – combining traditional technologies with new materials, methods, or techniques.
In it’s two most obvious applications – decor and fashion – it centers on using antique finishes with modern design, or modern finishes with older designs. This is most easily accomplished in furnishings. For example adding modern hardware such as stainless steel knobs to rustic farmhouse cabinets makes a futurustic piece, or putting rustic – rusted – iron hardware on a modern piece can accomplish the same thing in reverse. it could also mean simply placing one of each style piece together in a grouping: a mantle could have old farm pieces combined with contemporary ceramics.
This style can be seen most often in the renovation of old buildings where the bones of the building and some of its original character is kept but modern elements are added. At its basic it includes exposing structural and utility elements such as posts and pipes with their old aged patina including rust and weathered wood layered with modern technology and finishes including stainless steel. Or of course the reverse can be, and often is, done: creating a new building from scratch with modern techniques but adding in reclaimed materials and adding patina to new surfaces.
In fashion it could be represented by wearing a modern cut suit with retro-styled – even actual antique – accessories including shoes, belt, watch, and tie – maybe a pair of beat up old shoes with wrinkles, scuffs, and discoloration. A modern mandarin cut leather motorcycle jacket made with distressed leather that looks a hundred years old is another example.
But the aesthetics of futurustic do not stop there. As stated music can be futurustic such as a band using modern technology to play older music, or old instruments used to play a modern musical style. Cooking can be a fusion of an old recipe using modern techniques. Ways to disguise and personalize technology such as antique radio inspired CPU cases and wooden or patina PMP cases also fall under futurustic aesthetics.
Finally, lest we take ourselves too seriously, futurustic must include a little bit of the personal and whimsical. This may be the place where the rural element plays its hand in the urban-centric style by adding in the odd, unpredictable item that stands out and makes it all your own. Those fun and funky garage sale, resale shop, or sidewalk sale items such as including wooden ducks, stainless steel penguin accessories, and iron animal nutcrackers, paperweights, and bootjacks.