My first theme to look into for the design of the time machine itself is a industrial-like feel. Throughout the adaptations the machine seemed quite 'clean' and sleek. With polished brass and copper and a shiny glass like feel. I'd like to look into designing a more dirty, fuel powered contraption more suited as a result of the industrial revolution. Phil mentioned in the tutorial a possibility of looking into this, so I have been looking at some of the more heavy-duty machinery of the 19th century to see what would be available to a entrepreneurial scientist. Some of the machines I took reference from and used to form silhouettes are below.
19th Century Combustion Engine (Gas and Coal)
Despite this engine running off gas or coal, in the late 19th Century in the period where H.G Well's novel is set, the diesel engine was invented and was being built and tested. Meaning the possibility of using a dirty, fuel powered engine with exhausts is there.
Electrostatic Machine (generating electric using copper and water)
Experimental electric lamps (1890s)
Tesla Coil (Early 1900s)
I may also look at some of the more well-known inventors for influences on the laboratory itself.