Certain pieces of gear feel more like artistic creations than others. I find it interesting that as a synth/sampler/drum machine designer, the balance of features, hardware (knobs, buttons, screen, etc), and ergonomic/UI end up being the medium for the creation. There’s no right answer, and many different formulas to achieve all types of artful creations.
The Teenage Engineering OP-1 is obviously a good example of a piece of gear that is also an unmistakable work of art, and since this is all art, its value is as subjectively dependent on the person as what that person might think of the Mona Lisa.
I find Gotharman gear to be incredible works of art, and my relationship to this art inspires me. What I like so much about this is that I don’t feel that usual sense of unfulfillment with gear I feel isn’t complete. It’s strange and certainly psychological, but fascinating to me nonetheless.