The Dedicated Gamer's Guide to Living Room Furniture
Art Attack remains committed to helping our increasing gamer readership find ways to spruce up their lives with the perfect game-inspired crafts, clothes and fixtures. Previously we've tackled lamps and real-world versions of Portal's long-fall boots. Now we've gone searching for the best way to outfit your living room with video game style.
The N64 doesn't get near enough credit as a system, even though without Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64 a good half of all games wouldn't even exist. Floridian Keenan Bosworth has done justice to the console with his coffee table inspired by the N64 logo. He's built two of them as presents for friends and family, and while he's not selling them (as shipping the 60 lb. finished table would be prohibitive), his Reddit channel does offer helpful advice on constructing your own.
Matt from California built a giant, lap-sized NES controller, then found he had no place to store it. Naturally the solution was to construct a giant replica of an NES to go with it. The table had working lights and buttons, and you could slide the controller into the cartridge slot. He sold the table on eBay, so finding another one is unlikely, but keep an eye on his YouTube as he is in the process of making a 3DS table.
While buttons and lights are impressive, if you're going to have an oversized controller, wouldn't it be awesome if it worked? Well, in the case of the Bohemian Workbench construction, it does. As you can see in the video, all you have to do is take the glass cover off and the table plugs right into a classic NES system perfectly. It's not cheap, though. Made of maple, mahogany and walnut, the retail price is $3,500. Allow 4-6 weeks for construction.
A teenager named Mark from Australia put together another controller-based table, this one inspired by the PS3. The project was part of a school assignment, which we dearly hope he aced, and has an elegant, modern feel. As far as we can tell, Mark isn't selling them anywhere, which is kind of a relief, actually. Pretty as the piece is, with the glass being supported by two central pillars we'd be very careful placing anything of significant weight on the edges.
Our last table was a custom order for a game room designed by Erin McFadden. Originally the client wanted a collage featuring his favorite game characters, but ultimately ended up with a table to complement the original Pac-Man cabinet he had just added to his collection.
Living rooms aren't just coffee tables. If you're not going to go for a ring of video game chairs, then you'll also need a sofa. A lucky French video game blogger got this super-comfy-looking couch made for him as a present from his wife. It's based on the SEGA Master System, and a brief look at the blog shows an unhealthy fascination with that particular console. Still, it's not as disturbing as, say, if he was obsessed with the Jaguar or something.
Igor Chak is a renowned artist and designer, and also apparently an old-school video game fan. His Space Invaders-inspired couch is sleek and stylish, sure to complement only the most chic of homes. Though it's not yet for sale, he is avidly shopping the design around in the hope he can bring it to market. We wouldn't expect a bargain, though. The more conventional version he sells already retails for $5,000.
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