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Apple's Power Mac G5 has a distinctive aluminum design that was disruptive when it launched in 2003. Inspired by this milestone in design, designer Klaus Geiger has "upcycled" this aging Apple hardware into furniture because the machines are "simply too good to be disposed of." (via DesignBoom)

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As part of a project aptly titled "Benchmarc", Geiger has carefully created a sitting bench using a carved wooden plank that forms a bridge between two Power Mac G5 units. The machining on the wood is aligns the curve perfectly with the shape of the Power Mac chassis.

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Beyond benches, Geiger also has crafted a movable conference table, file cabinets and more using discarded Power Mac machines. Additional concept renderings include an entire office full of furniture designed around old Power Mac G5 units.

Though interesting as a one-off furniture design project, this isn't the first time Apple hardware has been recycled. Both the iMac and the Mac Pro have been converted into fish aquariums, while a Power Mac G3 became an unusual roadside mailbox.

Article Link: Discarded Power Mac G5s 'Upcycled' Into Modern Office Furniture
 

ValSalva

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It would be cool if someone took one of these cases and made an actual cheese grater out of it. Probably done already... anyone with a link? :D
 

JosephAW

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Ours are still serving thousands of pages a day. Not even close to being obsolete yet or ready to be put in the trash can or become a trash can.
 

maflynn

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That's really cool - I'd love to have a desk like that. Maybe I'll get a couple of MacPro cases on eBay and make one.
 

AlecZ

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For people so rich they can keep their paper files in a computer too.

Like in Zoolander? :D

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This is kinda cool, but I think the PowerMac G5 case is better suited as a housing for a new, unnecessarily powerful computer (as many have used it for on YouTube). And you can add ridiculous LEDs that shine through the metal grating.

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GeneralChang

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It's cool, sure, but my G5 is still a perfectly serviceable computer. Though I'll admit to having entertained the idea of finding a broken G3 iMac and making a fishtank out of it.
 

macduke

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Here is the new Mac Pro in 10 years. As you can see, there is little modification necessary to upcycle. Though it won't hold much garbage, you can use it to finally pitch that ancient iPhone 6 Plus that has been gathering dust for years!

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Kissaragi

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Horrible in my opinion. Rather see a hackintosh put inside the cases and a better pair of legs for that gorgeous piece of wood they have for the desktop.
 

n8mac

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It would be cool if someone took one of these cases and made an actual cheese grater out of it. Probably done already... anyone with a link? :D

When I finally retire my G5 I might just do that. The wife is always calling it a cheese grater. Not sure about fitting it in the kitchen though :eek:

Nice furniture though :)
 
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