Aerodyne, a compact hand-made Art Deco computer


36 Responses to “Aerodyne, a compact hand-made Art Deco computer”

  1. Jim Saul says:

    That’s beautiful. His whole gallery is.

    Those might inspire even haters of steampunk to admit that computer design doesn’t have to be inspired solely by the white gloss of a toilet tank lid.

  2. Ben Burger says:


  3. Itsumishi says:

    Looks from the past, hardware from the present and software from the future! This system is apparently running Windows 8!

    Jokes a typos aside. That’s one lovely looking case. The Level 11 also photographed above is lovely too!

  4. gadgetgirl says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous.

    Never mind the Mac vs. whatever snark, the point is that something handcrafted with care — even something as faux-aerodynamic as an Art Deco piece like the example above — looks much, much better than anything plastic coming off an assembly line these days. It reminds me of a solid wood stereo cabinet my dad built from a kit in the 60s, even though the aesthetics are quite different.

  5. sam1148 says:

    Computers never went through a ‘arts’ movement of handcrafting, or individual design  before they jumped straight into mass production.

    It’s nice to see  people handcrafting and filling in stylistic changes for what is ultimately a very generic form factor for ‘computer’ available at retail.

    It would be nice to see more of this in ‘mass market’ for cases to bring what’ is a appliance in the home with better cases for affordable prices. 

  6. Brad H. says:

    Needs some bakelite. A pair of gutted out Zenith Radio Nurse radio transmitters would be excellent. 

    • coryf says:

      I’ve been thinking something similar.  It’s fairly cheap around here to get a gorgeous old radio from the turn of the century.  When not convert it into a media PC?

  7. retepslluerb says:

    Oh my God, I looked at its back. ;-(

    Why did I look at its back?

    (Yes, I know that that’s hard to design, but until I looked, I could at least pretend. Pretty on the front, though.)

    • Well, the front looks gorgeous. It;s not like the walls have eyes.


    • wrybread says:

      Agreed, that’s one fugly backside. At a minimum, why not paint that metal piece? It couldn’t be easier to do, the whole thing pops right out. A quick blast of spraypaint would do wonders. Or maybe just make a cover for the entire assembly.

      And I’m not even going to address the fact that the computer still has PS/2 ports and a serial port and no DVI port. And is that the power jack way up on the top left? If so, it looks like he did some custom work on it, why not do the same with some of the other jacks?

      But yes, I’m quibbling, and its a gorgeous machine.

  8. CH says:

    That is truly beautiful, and Art Deco isn’t even quite my cup of tea. Um… an Art Nouveau one next, please? :)

  9. Toffer99 says:

    Very covetable. It would look good on a Frank Lloyd Wright desk.

  10. irksome says:

    Deco-schmecko, I’m holding out for a Surrealist laptop that’ll droop over my knee and exude ants out of the vents.

    Not everyone’s cup of fur, I s’pose…

  11. Hubris Sonic says:

    mini-itx bitches!

  12. Kimmo says:

    Nice try, but I’m gonna call Epic Fail at attention to detail.

    Fail #1: Using USB connectors with white plastic.
    Fail #2: Not taking the opportunity to hide said connectors in the silver grille.

    IMO the white bits ruin the indended effect, and the recognisability of USB jacks is something anyone seeking to craft an unusual-looking box should consider.

    As for the back panel, in my view that’s not part of the case to design. If you wanted to hide it you’d want to be using HDMI for vid, I reckon. You could put a door in front of it, or point the back panel at the floor, but you’ve still got all those wires coming out of it…

  13. blueelm says:


  14. OtherMichael says:

    Wasn’t it Pat Cadigan’s Synners that featured computers by a small group called “The Sandcasters” who, naturally, made shells of cast-aluminum (in sand)?

  15. CountZero says:

    Lovely, I’m a sucker for Deco design and this is gorgeous. All it needs is one of Datamancer’s beautiful keyboards:
    Of course, I’d prefer it if it used Mac Mini internals, as I’m a long time Mac user, and just don’t parse Windows, but that’s by the by; it is a lovely machine.

  16. phuzz says:

    There’s two different cases in that picture, the one on the left is his new one, Aerodyne, the one on the right is Level 11, his take on the Termaltake Level 10.
    (more details of Level 11 + buildlog here: )

  17. petsounds says:

    As much as I love art deco, this is a bit of a messy attempt at it. I’d point out the metal lines coming off the circle on the front are not very true to the style — art deco was centered around geometric order. An art deco designer of the 20s would not have lines that were not equal in length. And generally you would not see lines arcing off of a circle like that…that was more of a 50s motif. What’s funny is that his Level 11 box (the one on the right) looks much more Art Deco, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, than the actual art deco box. Either way, I do appreciate the work he put into these things.

    I would prefer something built around the 30s-40s Art Moderne style. Get rid of those sharp edges. And a design from the 40s feels more “right” with the birth of modern computers. This radio, for instance:
    (why can’t you inline photos from the web, only uploads?)

  18. Rollingsworth_T_Vestibule says:

    Kinda cool, kinda wow!

  19. artbyjcm says:

    Unless they put the windows 8 beta on it, which will expire. lol

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