BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
Monday, always a difficult day for some people. For me too sometimes. But today it’s a great day, not only because the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful autumn day. No it’s also a great day because of the post I’m writing right now wanting to show you another really stunning design.
You might know by now that I’m a big Apple fan and working with their hardware and software products for over 25 years now. And during that period I’ve seen some groundbreaking design coming from the company in Cupertino. And that design being so beautiful, would be a shame if it was thrown away. That’s why, when searching for upcycle design, I’m always excited to find upcycled Apple products. There have been a few on upcycleDZINE so far, like the iMac Pendant lampThink DifferentiMac Lamp and the Marc Lamp.

Power Mac G5 shows how versatile it is

And last week I came across very cool and stylish upcycle design that uses one of those milestones that Apple created. I’m talking about the Power Macintosh G5 that shipped from 2003 until 2006. The model after the G5 used the same design and was called Mac Pro and shipped until October 2013. The G5 has a smooth aluminum chassis, and was announced at a 2003 keynote presentation by Steve Jobs. It was the first 64-bit PC ever.

BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
The upcycle design collection in this post is called BenchMarc and is designed by Klaus Geiger. It’s a seating and table furniture concept based on the aluminum housing of that Power Mac G5 computer from Apple.
“The idea for the bench gave the initial spark to start the project”. The G5 housing is first stripped of all electronic parts. The seat is made of a solid wood board that fits perfectly in the space between the ‘handles’ of the housing. When you look at the bench it’s almost as if it was meant to be that way.
Sliders are integrated into the housing so the perforated front could turn into a drawer, horizontally and vertically. “Technically challenging and costly to realize something – but nice.”

BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
BenchMarc: furniture out of Power Mac G5 by Klaus Geiger – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Klaus Geiger

Until now the entire collection consists of benches in different sizes, movable tables, cabinet, meeting – and conference tables, open and closed shelves. Even a 140 cm. wide bench was made with one solid walnut board for the frei-cycle 2014 in Freiburg.
I never thought the Power Mac G5 was so versatile.

Design by Klaus Geiger

 

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