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Night 28 – The Invention of Hugo Cabret signed editions

December 8, 2010 by  

There is a year to go until the official launch of the latest Martin Scorsese movie, ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. This is the first time that Scorsese has produced a film for children, and also his first 3D film.
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We are very excited as this is the first time that automata has featured in a movie, and our friend Michael Start from The House of Automata is the ‘Automata and Horological Adviser’ for the movie. Michael has been working flat out on the film for the last year, and straining every muscle for the best effects. As Michael says ‘This is the biggest thing for automata since CMT opened in Covent Garden’.

The author of the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick was in London last month to visit the film set (and appear himself in the film), Brian says that the automata in the film is stunning, so we really can’t wait. Brian kindly signed two copies of the book which we have to give away free when you make an order over £30 from our store. Just add it to your cart and shop away.

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You can learn more about the book and the background here:

The award winning book is beautifully illustrated by Brian, it is 525 pages, with nearly 300 pages of drawings.

‘Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery,

Night 27 – Decisions Decisions by Fi Henshall

December 7, 2010 by  

This evening we have another of Fi Henshall’s lovely pieces.

This is a one-off piece, a beautiful bird is getting ready to go to a party. She has the difficult choice of deciding which beak to put wear, and there is a whole selection strewn around the room to choose from. This may be the first automaton we have featured with a mirror in it too..

£495 (excl. VAT)


Night 26 – Kinetic Horse by James Watt

December 6, 2010 by  

This evening we bring you a wonderful kit to make your own motorised paper model. James Watt has designed this beautiful model, which reminds us of Theo Jansens fantastic Strandbeests.

The instructions for the Kinetic Horse are supplied on a CD, and can be printed out at home. There are different finish options for the horse, you can use James’ MarbleHorse, or the white horse, or create your own skin. The motor and other fixings are also included in the kit. The kit can be either battery or solar powered

Order directly from James at ClockworkRobot. £15.95 for a Solar Powered Horse, or £9.95 for a Battery operated Horse.

You can also download a FREE working model of a Wind Turbine.

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Night 25 – Party Popper by Martin Smith

December 5, 2010 by  

The Party Popper Machine by Martin Smith continues his theme of devices of celebration for Laikingland. In homage to the humble plastic party toy and to follow his interest in loud bangs, Smith has developed a nonsense machine that elaborately assists you in the firing of party poppers.

First shown in April 2010 at Ventura Lambrate, Milan, the Laikingland product that got the most attention was next seen in the Post Milan selection show at the Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam and then shown at London Design Festival in September 2010.

Available in an edition of only 10 pieces in each colour, all handmade by the artist himself.

Materials: Powder coated steel, brass, motor and party popper toys.
Dimensions: Height 22cm / 9″.
Power: 9 volt Battery (included).
Additional: Supplied with 50 party poppers.

£357.45 (excl. VAT)


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Night 24 – Fallen Angel by Dora Newstead-Bunce

December 4, 2010 by  

This evening we are delighted to introduce Keith Newstead’s teenage daughter Dora, who has become an enthusiastic automata maker. The one-off ‘Fallen Angel’ has a steampunk style, and a great movement.

The piece is 40 cm (16 inches high)

£175 (excl. VAT)


Dora sold her first piece of automata ‘Torture with Wings’, a fabulous surrealist work, earlier this year.

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