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The "Tokheim 39 Series" is a retro gas pump turned media center.

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Ever since plasmas and LCDs went mainstream, furniture makers have struggled with ways either to showcase or hide the TV once the bulky and cliched media armoire was no longer needed. The result has been experimentation ranging from updated wall units to diamond-dust cabinets with a few ill-advised attempts at art in between.

Observing this quandary with bemused detachment, we herewith offer the obvious and ultimate solution: the "Gas Pump Entertainment Center." The "Tokheim 39 Series," as it's known in interior-decorator parlance, has produced this replica of pumps that were commonplace at gasoline stations across the country in the '40s and '50s. But rather than ethyl, this one features "adjustable shelving, locking front door, exterior mounted 6 in-car stereo speakers, and a coaxial cable outlet," according to Luxurylaunches.

At 6 feet, 4 inches tall, it even comes fully assembled. Which is just one of the many reasons we don't expect to see it offered at IKEA anytime soon.