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Design Student Sacrifices Computer Keys To His Art

Nolan Herbut, an industrial design student at the University of Alberta, has created two really 'impressioable' and interactive designs from computer keyboards: the Wolfgang Keyboard Bench and the Keyboard Parts Lamp. Come play along, come play along, come play along with me...

The Wolfgang Keyboard Bench is made of layered birch and its sinuous flow is indeed reminiscent of modern ergonomic keyboards, but in grand style.  Each bench has 2000 keys that are inserted into the top layer of the bench one-by-one, by hand.

 

Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

Herbut created the framework for the keys as the top layer of birchwood.

 

 Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

But when you sit on the Wolfgang Keyboard Bench, don't be surprised to hear some intimate sounds... and if you move, they just get worse.  Yes, the keys still click and click more when you shift your weight.  Watch out for the F1; that's the big one!

 

Wolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan HerbutWolfgang Keyboard Bench by Nolan Herbut

 

The Keyboard Parts Lamp makes a great re-purpose project for all the keyboard grids that were stripped in the making of the Wolfgang Keyboard Bench...

 

Keyboard Parts Lamp by Nolan HerbutKeyboard Parts Lamp by Nolan Herbut

 

Keyboard Parts Lamp by Nolan HerbutKeyboard Parts Lamp by Nolan Herbut

 

No keys to press on the lamp, but a nice, clean, pattern, and great example of a marketable re-purposed design.

 

Nolan Herbut via Homeqn.com