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Some mod-jobs are too cool to overlook and this old school PC set-up certainly qualifies giving a welcome return to the desktop bureau of old. The Sputnik 0667 from Swedish designer Love Hultén is an homage to old wooden hi-fis and looks as if it was spawned from the bonding of a Commodore PET with a Marconi telly. Sputnik 0667 …

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Lovely

It'll look great next to my VCS2600 Woody!

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95% for style

very nice - until i saw that awful keyhole brass thing. I adore the clean 602 designs and a fine veneer work, but that item is pilfered from a whole different bulky-items rubbish skip.

Thanks for posting though, i'll forward to my brother who is a furniture- (not computer- ) geek .

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Agreed

the brass keyhole is completely out of place on a piece of retro '50s furniture.

The desktop wallpaper is the Horse's Head Nebula: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eifelsternwarte/2836509256/

But what is the round thing on the bottom of the keyboard flap? In Swedish it is "Solsystemet" and looks as if it ought to be an astrolabe. Perhaps even a working one. Does anybody know?

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Brass Key

I was about to make a similar comment. I like how the retro-designers do things in general, but that fascination with breaking the form in order to stick in an awkward brass key just grates.

Even in the 19th century they had an understanding of this.

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I'll see your Sputnik...

...and raise you (rumours of) a black Macbook Air. Now that's innovative design!

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Absolutely horrendous

'nuff said.

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Flip-down keyboard...

.. kinda reminds me of the early luggable computers. However, it is very sweet looking.

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You look upset, Dave

what is wrong?

Where is the HAL icon?

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wouldn't look out of place...

...in the original Solaris movie.

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Nice

..but can't help feel a trackball instead of a mouse would have looked better.

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Oarsome

That is made of awesome.

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This thing is crying out for Plan 9!

Only Plan 9 from Bell Labs can do justice to this.

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Nice idea

but the finish on some of the woodwork seems a bit sub-par for the era it attempts to mimic.

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Bah!

Judging by the flimsy and inadequate stand I'd say this was inspired not so much by Sputnik as by the Apple G4 Monitor's stand, and will likely be just as unfit for purpose.

I love the wood casing though. Shame it'll end up a pile of matchwood on the floor when someone jostles the table it is standing on after all that cleverness.

The artwork is primo 60s retro though, down to the horrid orange dyework. Orange and black were popular (and above all cheap) options back then, as I found out when I saw my old (Sputnik-contemporary) vaccination records some years ago.

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Nice, but...

...It looks like he couldn't decide which era he wanted it too look like it's from: the inside and back panel seem to suggest 60s-style G-plan furniture, the big emblem on the front slightly earlier (50s perhaps?) but the bizarre choice of brass escutcheon around the keyhole looks like some awful 1700s-esque thing. surely if he was going for the mid-20th century style a plain brass keyhole fitted flush with the surface would've been better?

That said, apart from that I absolutely love it. The amount of work and the details that've gone into it are truly amazing, even down to the ventilated hardboard back with vintage-style graphics on it.

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WTF?

special

very...special

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Headmaster

"a homage" not "an homage"

Homage is pronounced hommidge. It's been an English word for at least seven hundred years. If you want to pronounce it like the French "hommage" then perhaps you should ... I don't know ... move to France.

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Nevermind the bollocks

If the creator ever reads these comments, don't listen to all these nitpicky 'tards. It's great work and looks beautiful.

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TARDIS

Why am I thinking Fourth Doctors TARDIS secondary console room or the Eighth Doctors console room & how it would look quite at home there.

Still no TARDIS icon - I'll get me coat & grab the lapels.

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Not quite complete

We need a steampunk OS now

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