Lotte Douwes & Menu Create Minimalist Hanging Power Socket

A solution to a common problem.

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Collaborating with Copenhagen-based brand Menu, Dutch designer Lotte Douwes set out to come up with a solution for common charging problems. The resulting Lamp&Socket device sees Douwes produce a way to charge laptops or smartphones aimed at houses and social or office environments where power sockets are not always easy to find.

The item combines a plug socket with a lamp, and is hung from the ceiling to create a space saving charging solution. Lamp&Socket comes in a paired back porcelain design, with the aesthetic of the product being as important as its function to Douwes. “The wall socket is often a hidden element of the home as it is widely deemed as unattractive,” the designer explained, “Lamp&Socket turns this notion on its head, transforming something seemingly displeasing to look at into something beautiful.” The item was unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair, and you can get more info from the Menu website.

In other design news, IKEA and Teenage Engineering have partnered on an audio equipment collection.

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