Personally, this is exactly where we hope PC case design is heading. Away from cheap plasticky finishes with garish lights and doo-dads shaped like bad rendition of Transformers toys and into the realm of understated object design that disappear into the decor when not in use (they're also advertised as extremely silent), yet pleases the eyes when you do happen to notice that ceramic piece on the desk is actually a computer or amp. Jeroen te Boekhorst from Plushdepartment sent us these images of their remarkable line of ceramic cases, including one finished in gold and another painted like a fine antique vase...
I am Jeroen te Boekhorst from Plushdepartment. Plushdepartment is based on the idea that computers are supermachines, which no longer can be banished from the daily life of a human being. The only thing we lacked was the design of the exterior, not allowing the computer to fit in a living space. We, of Plushdepartment, try to change this by combining powerful computers with living, organic and beautiful materials.
The first models have a ceramic case, and already artists have given their vision on this case, which resulted in the Delft Blue and the Pure Gold.
The french artist Mijn Schatje has also given her consent to make a design for the Pure. And in the future you can expect case designs from Piet Boon in concrete (this November) and Edward van Vliet (January)
Specs for these machines are listed as:
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo; this CPU is very powerful yet very energyefficient.
- Motherboard: Kontron; a industrial quality hightech board of superb quality.
- Grafikcard: ATI 4650 chip with 512MB DDR RAM/ DVI/VGA/HDMI
- Harddisk: 1000 Gigabyte with very fast SATA II interface.
- Memory: 2 x 2048MB highend Dual Channel RAM 800MHz dualchannel.
- Sound: 7.1ch HDA / AC-97
- Network: 2 x Gigabit LAN connections plus 1 x wifi connection.
- USB / Firewire: 8x USB 2.0, 4x RS232C, 2x IEEE1394 (Firewire).
More information about Plushdepartment's Pure* line of ceramic PCs here at their site.