There's more than meets the eye with an old-school, hardcover suitcase. This certainly rings true for the BoomCase -- customized boom boxes by self-confessed "audio-nut" and designer Dominic "Mr. SiMo", who upcycles these stylish, street-worthy vintage suitcases that are bound to make some heads turn.
According to the BoomCase website:
The Self Powered, Portable Suitcase Stereo system works with your iPod/iPhone or any device with a headphone jack. This case will last 7+ hours on a single charge (charger built in). In addition to running on batteries, The BoomCase can also be plugged in when the party goes inside. To save on weight, you can opt for a plug-in only version.
Based out of San Francisco, Mr. SiMo posts new suitcase acquisitions regularly, allowing clients to pick and choose their favourites. Add-ons include iPod/USB charger, solar power charger, wireless audio playback, extra batteries, custom paint, custom inputs for electric guitars, synthesizers and so on.
With tongue-in-cheek names like "Slim Tim" and "Big Thumpy", there's bound to be a classic suitcase that'll suit even the most skeptical. My personal favourite is this little red looker, made from an old American Tourister:
For more upcycling ideas, check out our previous post on upcycled suitcase chairs, these reclaimed picture frames turned into speakers, and Jaymi's slideshow on reclaimed 'junk' turned functional furniture and art.
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