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.

Top Rated Comments

Skika Avatar
85 months ago
10 years from now - Discarded Mac Pro as trash can.
Score: 61 Votes (Like | Disagree)
leftynaut Avatar
85 months ago
For people so rich they can keep their paper files in a computer too.
They're in the computer?
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
85 months ago
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!

Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeoc Avatar
85 months ago
Pretty cool. I still use mine as a Mac though.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porco Avatar
85 months ago
In years to come a techy farmer may build a sheep pen with walls made entirely from up-cycled 2014 Mac minis.

In doing so, he will finally have stumbled upon the only way to upgrade the RAM after purchase.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ullanta Avatar
85 months ago
Here is the way I had to recycle my Mac Pro Tower

All we really wanted was the same thing, with a modernized interior, right?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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