Star Wars and Spiderman are just a few of the themes that have had retro fans waiting for the landfill-intercepted creations inspired by movie culture.
Altar Furniture, from Budapest realised there was a demand for upcycled, nostalgic furniture and are taking enquiries from all over the world, with the UK now being their largest market.
Managing Director Andràs Lacfi told Skip Hire Magazine, “I fell in love with pinballs at around eight years of age. I always dreamed of having one at home. Later on the dream became a reality. The first 1987 pinball machine I owned unfortunately broke beyond repair.
“I realised I couldn’t keep it in the living room if it’s not working. So that’s where the idea came from to make it into a coffee table – which proved a little bit more difficult than I thought in the beginning.
“It took me two years to find someone who could actually do it for me. I found a guy who used to build church organs, so he was really good with metal, electricity and wood. So, that’s how the first one was made. It just came on from there and I said to my wife, ‘Maybe some other people would be interested in this?’ It then slowly evolved into a business.”
“There is a demand because it’s so new and so different. It’s not really a game, it’s much more upcycling, repurposing and recycling. So, we’ve had to find a market that appreciates an interactive, storytelling object. We have found that there is more openness in the Western mind-set towards these sort of things.”
Clients of the bespoke furniture are from all walks of life and have ranged from children wanting one in their bedroom to a diplomat purchasing one for their living room.
Andres continues, “What I find is that it’s very difficult for married men to convince their wives to purchase a table. People sometimes come up to us and say, ‘As soon as I get divorced, I’ll get in contact’ – that has happened more than once.”
One of these tables will set you back a few quid, the first ‘Droid’ table sold for $13,000 (roughly £8,261), which is justifiable seen as each table takes around 300 man hours to make and is fully interactive with the parts torn down and lighting converted to LED.