A tech journey into the past

Valuation:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot trash
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design nirvana

Price: $249+

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Are you a tech enthusiast with an empty wall or extra shelf space? GRID Studio fills frames with your favorite electronics from the past to create engaging works of art with a story behind them. Whether you like the first generation iPhone or the PS Vita, you can get one with artistic flair from GRID Studio.

Here’s what we like

  • Immortalizes your favorite classic technology
  • Fills empty walls of techies
  • Expert craftsmanship

And what we don’t do

  • The front panel is not anti-reflective
  • No other design options

The GRID Studio team was kind enough to send me two frames for review. Here’s a closer look at GRID 1 (iPhone first generation) and GRID Game Boy Color. But don’t worry if you are an Android user they also have a deconstructed Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and more.

GRID 1: 1st generation iPhone

GRID Studio 1 hangs on the wall
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  • Frame size: 33.02 x 33.02 x 4.57 cm (13 x 13 x 1.8 in)

As soon as I saw pictures of the GRID 1, a stylized first generation iPhone, I wanted it on my wall. A piece of technology as iconic and revolutionary as the 2007 smartphone deserves to be framed, and GRID Studio does it absolutely justice.

If you open the box and pull the frame out of its ornate wrapping, you’ll also find a few welcome additions: a photo of a worker hand-assembling a GRID 1, a thank you card with instructions on how to enter a giveaway, and a foldable iPhone timeline from the now 15-year-old earth-shattering creation to the modern powerhouses of the 2020 models.

Looking through the plastic front viewing window is like looking through a window in a time before 5G and 12MP cameras. These frames are better observed in person as the faceplate is in no way anti-glare – this can make taking pictures difficult. I’d consider spending a few bucks more if GRID Studio offered an anti-reflective glass version, but the plastic panel works well enough for most viewing situations.

The device’s title is displayed in the top left, with the anodized aluminum body just below it. When I see that classic bulky brick of a back again, I really appreciate how thin today’s powerful phones are getting. That’s one of the main reasons I enjoy looking at the art of GRID Studio; Of course, it’s aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also thought-provoking.

You’ll also find dimensions and other information about the first-gen iPhone scattered throughout the parts. These contribute to the deconstructed “piece-by-piece” look, breaking parts down into more than their tangible building blocks.

At the bottom of the frame is a quote from Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple:

“The people crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Jobs and the iPhone undoubtedly changed the world, and seeing it hanging on your wall puts a penny in the inspiration bank.

GRID 1 framed countertop art
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Something you’ll notice as you peruse GRID Studio’s discarded technology catalog is that every shadow box is black and every matte background is white. You’re out of luck if you want your iPhone framed in a different color (unless you want to replace the frame yourself, which is entirely possible).

However, the black and white color combination goes well with most walls, bookshelves, desks or countertops where you plan to display your art.

It’s important to note that supplies for the GRID 1 are extremely limited and you may need to enter the drawing to purchase one. That scarcity, coupled with GRID Studio’s expert craftsmanship in cleanly disassembling and reassembling the device, explains the $699 price tag associated with this work of art.

GRID Game Boy Color: Framed Memories

GRID Game Boy Color hanging on the wall
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  • Frame size: 33.02 x 33.02 x 4.57 cm (13 x 13 x 1.8 in)

If, like me, you have fond memories of gaming Pokemon Red and bomberman by wormlight on the Game Boy Color (released in 1998) during late-night car and bus rides, you’ll be just as excited to see your childhood handheld immortalized as art.

There are some distinct stylistic differences between this piece and the GRID 1; Rather than straight, minimalist lines, the GRID Game Boy Color features retro, tech-inspired lines to identify individual components.

Following this trend, instead of adding additional information and citing a founder, GRID Studio included references to video games like 1UP Super Mario Bros. and a graphic from the Pokemon yellow Opening scenes in this design. The bottom right corner of the frame features the Game Boy Color slogan: “Escape to a world of colour”.

As modern graphics creep more and more towards imitation of realism, it’s easy to forget how much joy 160×144 pixels evoked. One look at this frame was enough to flood my mind with the games I played in elementary school and make me want to download an emulator.

The cartridge slot on the back also made me nostalgic for the feeling of opening up a brand new physical copy of a game you’ve been waiting to play – buying a game from Steam and instantly downloading it is convenient and everything but where is it? the fun of it?

You probably don’t have to stare too long to notice a noticeable difference between the Game Boy Color you used and the ones GRID Studio packages: there’s almost no noticeable wear. The components have been cleaned and polished to what I would call near-pristine, especially considering they were technological waste not too long ago.

Sure, there’s a smudge on the speaker here, or a faint scuff there on the outside, but nothing you’d notice unless you’ve been staring at it for weeks like I have.

A connection to the past, a conversation piece and artworks to fill in your blanks; it’s yours for $249. As with the GRID 1, you can only pick up this frame in black with a white background. The same plastic faceplate is also found across frames.

While I’m glad it chose a nondescript color scheme that goes well with almost anything, I’d love to see GRID Studio come out with a few more bezel and front panel options (although it’s a special custom service) . .

Is GRID Studio framed art worth it?

Absolutely. If you’re in any way connected to the tech of the past, or you just like how deconstructed equipment looks, consider decorating with GRID Studio frames. They are also particularly interesting gift ideas for technology enthusiasts in your area.

Depending on your choice of frame, you may hit back at the price; If you ask me, nothing in the GRID Studio collection is unfairly priced. That doesn’t mean it won’t burn a hole in your wallet, though.

Also, think about the frame and background color: if you don’t have room for a black frame, you’ll have to replace it yourself.

Note: GRID Studio products sell out quickly due to material shortages. If you see that a desired frame is out of stock, please check back in a while to see if another batch has been put together.

If you have a place and a person for it, GRID Studio frames are an artistic journey down memory lane using technology as a guide. Frames start at $158 and go up to $699 at the most expensive.

Valuation: 9/10

Price: $249+

Here’s what we like

  • Immortalizes your favorite classic technology
  • Fills empty walls of techies
  • Expert craftsmanship

And what we don’t do

  • The front panel is not anti-reflective
  • No other design options

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