klaus geiger converts apple power mac G5s into contemporary furniture
klaus geiger converts apple power mac G5s into contemporary furniture
oct 23, 2014
klaus geiger converts apple power mac G5s into contemporary furniture


klaus geiger converts apple power mac G5s into contemporary furniture
all images courtesy of klaus geiger

 

 

 

the aluminum case design of the ‘apple G5 power mac’ was revolutionary. with its smooth aluminum chassis, it announced itself as the first 64-bit PC at steve jobs’ 2003 keynote presentation. nearly ten years of production ended with a non-updateable system software. as a creative who was working with these machines from the beginning to the end, it was impossible for klaus geiger to put them in the garbage. eventually, he decided to give them a second life through a project called ‘benchmarc’.

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
two G5 power mac cases with wooden board 

 

 

 

all of the electronic parts that contributed to their original technological purposes were completely removed and substituted with a horizontal or a vertical drawer depending on use. for each piece geiger utilizes the existing surface language of the housing to an advantage. in order form a bench, a seat made of solid wood engages the void between the handles. by shaping the panel with a filleted edge, the legibility of the components as one unified construct is increased. for the container, two bodies are stacked together to function as movable storage units beneath a glass tabletop. geiger sees the potential to upcycle these remnants into other furnishings, combining the cases into modular structural systems.

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
view of an open horizontal drawer

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
bench and container

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
side view

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
two versions

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
front view of the short bench

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
the cases have been hollowed out

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
the wood follows the filleted edge of the body

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
bench detail 

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
conference table

klaus geiger benchmarc apple g5 power mac furniture
rendering of office furniture possiblities

 

 

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