Retro-tech designer blends arcade game nostalgia with handcrafted Swedish style
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.
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.
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