The insides of a computer are obviously more important as they determine its performance. But it doesn’t harm if it looks elegant and slim, adds to the décor in your home and boasts some green credentials as well. Hailing from Korea, Design Hara presents a custom and hand-built range of products that is a perfect example of attractive industrial design. The compact HTPC (only 217x228x275 mm) is a small handcrafted chassis, complete with handmade wooden side panels that come from Italian cypress wood or Canadian rose wood; the front cover can be made from natural sheep leather and the internal segments of the PC are connected by a bolts and nuts structure, making it easier to separate – so recyclable e-waste can be removed. The unit is compatible with Mini-ITX small motherboards, and uses only a third of the energy usually consumed by desktop computers. It also features HDMI and DVI outputs and has an Intel Core2Duo processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
The Slim PC is a little robust looking thing, almost like a car stereo unit. The front face is capped with a piece of solid wood and it’s powered by an Intel Atom Dual Core D525. The integrated iPhone dock gives it an edge compared to other PCs and makes it a perfect media streaming device.
To complete the range of products Design Hara presents CLOWOOD 9 – an esternal hard drive with a slim natural walnut body and a capacity of 120/320 GB), LA CHAE – a (not so cool) mechanical keybord that comes in a choice of walnut, cherry, oak and maple – and a wodden ubs key.