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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case that comes with 100 games pre-installed, but can be loaded with up to 10,000 emulated games
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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case that comes with 100 games pre-installed, but can be loaded with up to 10,000 emulated games
The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case that comes with 100 games pre-installed, but can be loaded with up to 10,000 emulated games
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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case that comes with 100 games pre-installed, but can be loaded with up to 10,000 emulated games
The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
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The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
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The Golden Apple: A replica of an old Apple MacIntosh fitted with a working Mac Mini
The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
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The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
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The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
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The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
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The Pixel Vision: A Game Boy replica fitted into a wooden box that can flip open
The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
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The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
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The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
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The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
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The Zette System is a portable gaming system comprised of several parts that attach together to resemble a 1980s boombox – the middle section contains a projector and two separate controllers
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
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The R-Kaid-R: The original one-player version of the console that was expanded for the Cary42
These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
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These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
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These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
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These stylistic full-size arcade boxes can be fitted with either an original circuit board of a classic game or a modern computer loaded with a game emulator
This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
This mini replica of an arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of an arcade cabinet is fully functional
This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
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This mini replica of a larger arcade cabinet is fully functional
These working long range walkie talkies are inspired by Lego
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These working long range walkie talkies are inspired by Lego
These working long range walkie talkies are inspired by Lego
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These working long range walkie talkies are inspired by Lego
Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
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Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
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Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
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Datorbox: Handcrafted wooden computer cases that come with a built in high-powered gaming computer
Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
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Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
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Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
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Yesterday Vision is a series of wooden enclosures for LCD televisions and monitors designed to replicate old TVs from the 1950s and 60s
The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
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The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
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The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
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The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
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The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
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The Sputnik Kluster is one of the stranger designs, a hand-crafted steel light inspired by the Sputnik satellite
The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
The mysterious Echoobs. We're not entirely sure what this is for, it may be a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs. We're not entirely sure what this is for, it may be a bespoke midi controller?
The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
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The mysterious Echoobs – we're not entirely sure what this is for, but maybe it's a bespoke midi controller?
Love Hulten working in his studio
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Love Hulten working in his studio
Love Hulten working in his studio
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Love Hulten working in his studio
Love Hulten working in his studio
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Love Hulten working in his studio
Love Hulten working in his studio
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Love Hulten working in his studio
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Swedish designer Love Hulten fuses classic crafts like woodwork with 1980s arcade technology to create weirdly discordant, but also compellingly beautiful, objects that evoke a sense of nostalgia while still being entirely new – and playable. His latest piece is called Cary42, and it's a two-player arcade console housed in a solid wood attaché case.

The most exciting thing about Hulten's work is that it isn't just for show. Everything he creates is entirely functional and Cary42 is no exception. A 12-inch LCD screen is built into the case alongside 10-watt stereo speakers. The unit comes with 100 games pre-installed, but it can store up to 10,000 emulated games. As with most of the artist's other work, this is a limited edition and expensive. In this instance only 50 units are being made with each one going for €2,599 (about US$3,030).

"I want my objects to create a state of curiosity – using references from both past and present, a blend much more interesting than just putting something on repeat," Hulten writes on his website.

The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made
The Cary42: A two-player game console in a handmade wood case – only 50 will be made

His uniquely bespoke way of mashing up mid-century furniture aesthetics with 1980s technology has resulted in some amazing pieces of work. Pixel Vision is a lovely wooden twist on the Game Boy, while Golden Apple is a replica of an Apple Macintosh, handmade from American walnut and fitted with a Mac Mini.

Other magnificent creations include a variety of twists on the old arcade machine, a little like stylish Ikea arcade emulators. Take a look through our gallery for a closer look at the marvellous work of Love Hulten.

Source: Love Hulten

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