It’s been a long road to public acceptance of the geek; in the nineteenth century, the term meant ‘fool’, and referred to performers who engaged in bizarre stunts of bravery, like biting the heads of chickens. In time, it became an insult for comic book lovers, film fans, and video gamers. But now geek has been reclaimed as a word of pride, and today, Geek Pride Day, geeks around the world can rejoice in what they love. Here are 20 pieces of furniture we think every geek will love for their homes.
1. Nintendo Controller Coffee Table
The original Nintendo controller is a classic design, and now you can fully appreciate its simple beauty every day with this fully functional (yes that’s right, you can plug it in to your console) coffee table controller.
2. Scrabble Sofas
Scrabble was first released in 1938, and more than half of all British homes have a Scrabble set. So, it’s only fitting that the game is honoured with some specially made sofas and cushions – letting you spell out choice words to brighten up your living room.
3. Tetris Chair
This chair, designed by Gabriel Cañas, is a bright and funky addition to your living room. And we can promise that the blocks won’t destroy themselves when they come together!
4. PacM Chair
Jose Jorge Hinojosa Primo has created this design concept of the much-loved ghost-eating Pacman. Just make sure you avoid being eaten yourself!
5. Periodic Coffee Table
Not only is it a functional item of furniture, this table comes complete with samples of every element on the periodic table. All the elements are contained within clear acrylic blocks to preserve and store the samples safely, so you needn’t worry about your coffee becoming radioactive.
6. Han Solo Desk
When you’ve got a notorious smuggler encased in carbonite, what do you do with him? Turn him into an elegant computer desk, of course! A perfect present for any dedicated Star Wars fan.
7. Puckman Bookshelf
This special homage to Pacman, designed by Mirko Ginepro, really brings the spirit of the video game into your home, especially when positioned next to a television or picture.
8. QWERTY Sofa Bed
Cutting-edge design company Zo-Loft imagined this clever sofa concept, taking the standard computer keyboard and elevating it to a beautiful piece of furniture design. Each key is an individual cushion, and the sofa is designed to fold flat into a bed.
9. T POLAROLL
For those of us old enough to remember, and love, old-fashioned Polaroid cameras, this is a quirky and fun tribute.
10. Rubik’s Cube Chest of Drawers
This is the perfect choice for anyone who was enchanted or befuddled by a Rubik’s Cube in his or her youth. It’s an ideal addition to any bedroom, and is perfect for children and adults alike.
11. Tetris Planters
Many of us want to be more green fingered and have more plants around our homes. These planters are incredibly chic and will slot together anywhere you choose to display them.
12. Keyboard Bench
Designer Nolan Herbut designed this bench to be comfortable and elegant, while at the same time reducing the huge amount of E-waste we generate. It was created by mounting 2,000 keys on to a reused Baltic birch wood bench.
13. iPhone Doormat
If you own an iPhone or an iPad, this is a great item for your home.
14. Musical Showerhead
Who doesn’t love to sing in the shower? If you’ve been let down by those, supposedly, shower safe radios with suckers that never work, this cleverly designed showerhead will let you listen to your favourite tunes without worry.
15. Pixel Sofa
Comfy, well-designed, and intensely stylish, this will look fantastic in your living room.
16. Straight Up Chess
This turns a well-loved board game into a piece of functional wall art. Display your prowess at the game right on your wall.
17. Keyboard Chair
This keyboard chair is perfect for a child’s bedroom – the colours and chunky numbers make it great as a homework desk.
18. Floppy Disk Table
This is a real age test – how many of us still remember using these? A well-designed nod to the early days of home computing.
19. Space Invaders Chair
Beware of bringing these into your home – you may get invaded when you’re not looking.
20. Joystick Hangers
A perfect throwback to the arcade days of the past, these hangers are ideal for all you gamers out there.