20,000 Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

By Mario Aguilar on at

Swedish designer Love Hultén is freaking obsessed with classic arcade games. You'd have to be, to hand carve a beautiful wooden console to house a massive collection of them. Awesome.

At first, Hultén's R Kaid-42 ("arcade for two", get it?) looks like an old, hand-crafted box. It's made of dark walnut with brass fittings, and measures about 18 x 18 x 35 centimetres, which is considerably smaller than even the tiniest mini-fridge.

Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

But the box, which is held together by magnets, magically breaks apart from this compact package into a console with two controllers. Some basic assembly is required.

Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

The controllers are wireless with rechargeable batteries. They're big and beefy, just like you want them to be.

Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

Beneath the wooden exterior, the R Kaid-42's console box is a small 1.8 GHz PC that instantly boots to a homegrown interface that lets you pick between some 2000 classic titles. The console has VGA connectivity so you can connect a display of your own—none is included with the R Kaid-42.

Classic Arcade Games Deserve a Beautiful Wooden Console System

You, too, can have a beautiful arcade like this one. Pricing starts at about £650, but Hultén doesn't specify a final price for the package, saying each unit is a custom job that will be tailored to each customer's needs. No matter what, it'll cost you more than a quarter.