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Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Published on Sep 8, 2012 12:30 PM
A picture taken on Aug 22, 2012, shows two computers decorated in a Louis XVI style which were created by French entrepreneur Georges Chirita, at his workshop in Melun, south of Paris. Entrepreneur Chirita has brought together master artisans to blend tradition with high-tech, producing three kinds of decorations for computers, inspired from the arts and handicrafts of Louis XV, Louis XVI and the Empire style. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Does your laptop clash with your Empire-style interior? No problem. A French entrepreneur has signed up a team of traditional craftsmen to turn out PCs fit for a royal home.

Out with dull office-grey plastic - even the slick lines of an iPad: Mr 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.

"When people first fitted Louis XV chandeliers with electric bulbs, everyone was taken aback. Now it doesn't raise an eyebrow," said the Romanian-born entrepreneur, an electronic engineer who settled in France 22 years ago.

"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, whose own bookshelves heave with a mix of IT manuals and interior design books.

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