AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
PARIS: A French entrepreneur has signed up a team of traditional craftsmen to turn out PCs fit for a royal home.
Georges Chirita’s workshop outside Paris turns out one-of-a-kind computers in polished brass and gold leaf, mounted on marble with leather-clad keyboards and mice.
“Computers used to be seen as mere work tools. But now the product has reached a kind of maturity, and it’s easier to start seeing it as a luxury object,” said the 58-year-old.
Framed by marble columns adorned with twisted gold or soaring eagles, Chirita’s hand-made desktop computers — in one of three styles, Louis XV, Louis XVI or Empire — positively drip with luxury. They also feature in-built hidden processors and a wireless mouse.
Solid gold, jewels, initials or a coat of arms embossed on the rear of the screen: the sky is the limit for the made-to-measure creations whose equally luxurious price tag starts at $21,000.
For the traveller, he offers gold-plated USB keys adorned with fleur-de-lys patterns with a 100-year guarantee or portable hard drives stamped with 17th-century motifs, also in gold-plate.
Chirita sent one of his USB keys to Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee this year, and proudly displays the thank you note he received.
The artisans he approached were wary but once they understood it wouldn’t demean their work,” they agreed, he said.