For the last decade or so, Apple has made some of the most beautifully designed devices on the planet. But because those devices are technology, not furniture or art, they have an incredibly short half-life in our home. Yet these are still classic designs that, in any other context, we might keep around for decades.
That’s why I like this bench built by Klaus Geiger.
Using two gutted Power Mac G5’s as legs for a wooden bench that organically fits right between the Mac’s handlebars, Benchmarc — yes, it’s actually called that — is a beautiful reminder that, with a little ingenuity, Apple’s designs never go obsolete, even if their technology does.
This is not the only project Geiger has put together using old G5 parts. He’s also put together some drawer units using the same idea, as well as an entire conceptual line of office furniture using Power Mac G5’s as a base.
Geiger doesn’t sell any of his creations, and my guess is he probably never will. But the bench, at least, is something anyone who can get a piece of wood custom-cut for them at Home Depot can put together for themselves.