As wireless as our world has become, there are still many cords snaking along the floors and walls of most of our homes. This designer has taken a fresh look at the issue of storing cables, hiding cords and turning conventional electric accessories into artistic decorative elements.
Oboiler designs ask basic questions about our use of conventional outlet objects, such as the near-universal two-screw white cover plate we see everywhere. Could these be used more broadly as electric outlet wallpaper or other decor? Could we remind ourselves of the value of energy by turning a socket into a hidden wall coin bank?
Wall socket plates come in all shapes and sizes but their designs tend to involve layering a new aesthetic on a standardized fixture. These unique electrical socket peripherals and accessories by Oboiler challenge the very basic ideas we have about plugs, cables, cords and sockets. Some of these are functional – providing new ways to wrap and store cords – while others are more conceptual, twisting cables into unusual or unique configurations. What do you wish your wall socket could do?