REPORTER: It's the ultimate in office bling. A piece of modern day technology inspired by a 16th century French King. Its creator George Chirita took his inspiration for the gold-plated computers from Louis XVI.
CREATOR GEORGES CHIRITA: "It was about creating a computer which was much more stylish, in harmony and concorde with the interior design, but in the end I realised the computer had become a pretext to create a real decorative object to enhance our surroundings."
REPORTER: It may look pretty but it's not just for show.
CREATOR GEORGES CHIRITA: "You've got to use the latest high-tech innovations, in terms of the electronic components to build a computer like this, and we also use classic French styles which are timeless."
REPORTER: Chirita counts European royalty amongst his customers as well as wealthy individuals from China and the Middle East. He even sent Britain's Queen Elizabeth a gold-plated USB stick as a gift on her Diamond Jubilee. But with a price tag of 17,000 euros you may need to be royal to afford it. Hayley Platt, Reuters.
Anybody who spends 17,000 euros on a gold-plated computer has more money than sense.