If you’re a geek, and anything like me, then you tend to ‘collect’ old, dead and dying computers (oh, it’s just me then…) 😉 But some old hardware is just beautiful and is worth doing something with (rather than just putting in a cupboard and forgetting about).
One of the most classic of computer designs was the big aluminium PowerMac G5 towers. Crafted out of brushed metal, they were an instance classic and look as good today as they did when they first came out. Although their interiors might not be exciting these days, you can still use them for some pretty special things and German designer, Klaus Geiger has done just that.
In a project called ‘benchmarc’, Klaus has turned the shells of G5s into computer desks, benches, tables, drawer units and bookcases.
These. Are. AWESOME!
I’ve got a couple of old G5s that I’ve picked up over the years (you can get dead ones really quite cheaply on eBay and the like!). I’ve currently using one as a laptop stand for my good old MacBookPro (lots of shinyness!) but I’m planning to convert them into a G5 bench now!
That’s one great example of giving old tech another (and beautiful) life.
Do you know of any other great ways of using old computers and tech?
[Images via Klaus Gieger]