If you're anything like us, when you see Tom Spina Design's Han Solo-frozen-in-carbonite desk
, your first thought is I ... must ... have ... that!
The desk is an example of the kind of furniture you can get from Spina's Web site, but don't think of this as some kind of "Sci-fiKea" store. The pieces Spina does are one-of-a-kind works of "functional art" that will set you back a bit, but are worth every penny. (A piece like the Han Solo desk could cost $5,000-$10,000.)
If you're looking to trick out your own Mos Eisley Man Cave, Tom Spina is your guy. Here's a little taste of what he can do for you:
Unfortunately, you can't get the Han Solo desk. Spina tells us that's a one-of a kind piece, like most of his pieces. What about freezing your boss or your mother-in-law in carbonite?
"Something similar, with your mother-in-law in the carbonite, that could be very cool, I could see doing that," he says.
He also won't do exact replicas of movie or TV sets. There's got to be some kind of creative, unique hook to it. Rather than an exact replica of the Enterprise's navigation console, for example, "something that drew from that style, but was, say, a kitchen stove, or ... something where it had some different function, drew from those elements without being an exact replica."
For a few grand more ($5,499.99) you can give your carbonite desk that special touch by replacing that OfficeMax computer chair with a "Galactic Throne
You can also commission pieces like this steampunk-inspired
end table, which isn't pegged to a specific sci-fi property, but rather a stylistically specific subgenre.
Another option is to mix it up with really old-school pieces like these simulated stone or tree stump chairs, to get that whole "Land of the Lost" ethos
Of course, if you consider yourself more of a modern man -- and one who wouldn't mind the company of a few badass sci-fi gentlemen -- Tom also makes custom sculptures, so you can get your very own Grand Moff Tarki
n or a young Count Dooku to play poker with.
Finally, if you'd like to populate your lair with companions who won't judge you for your "eccentricities," which we all know is really just jealousy at your coolness, Tom does that, too. One of his proudest achievements was restoring the original werewolf from "An American Werewolf in London."
That was a real experience ... I actually just visited with the wolf last weekend, I was in LA and saw Bob Burns, the collector who's got that piece, had a great lunch out, went back to his place, said hi to Oscar, which is what Bob calls him."
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