by , 09/05/07

Die Electric, Die Electric Cord Sheld, Designer Scott Amron, Design for zero-energy consumption, Design against energy use

Die Electric is an experiment in powering down and rethinking electrical components for uses other than just spinning the meter. Case in point: SHELF. Using a cut power cord, SHELF forms a rigid surface for storage making energy sucking fixtures the second choice. Its functional capacity is as intriguing as its behavior changing ability. The object is familiar yet challenges the user to question its purpose – designer Scott Amron’s intent. Like all of Amron’s Die Electric concepts, SHELF makes use of AC components but without the flow of electricity.

The standard height of electrical outlets is 18” off the floor putting SHELF at a convenient height for couch-side accessories. While meant as a sans-electricity sidekick, an uncut version delivers power potentially combining lamp and table into one material.

$325 from Die Electric

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  1. dave March 8, 2008 at 7:09 am

    what a ridiculous idea, has he even tested it??? dangerous and unnecessary, any item of weight placed on this will break the socket, possibly causing shock or fire, I’m a qualified electrician and urge people not to buy this pretentious rubbish, sockets are not designed for this

  2. Dan C September 6, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    I agree, but as a guy that likes to hide the cord, It would make a great shelf for my clock or LED lamp to sit on and be right next to the plug.

  3. Tyler September 6, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Why can’t we just leave our sockets empty? With the exception of homes with small children, there is no need to spend $25-$325 (or even 50 cents on a plastic socket plug) to block our unused sockets. I would much rather walk into a home and see all of the sockets empty, than seeing every unused socket plugged by a cork, shelf, etc. Why would I spend money to save money?

  4. Rik Martin September 6, 2007 at 4:22 am

    would you want to put your coffee on this knowing how loose fitting US plugs are when put into wall sockets.
    Nice idea but i’d rather take my chances with the British plug and socket, quality and a tight fit all in one.

  5. erika September 6, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Not a good idea. First of all How much weight can it really hold (i’m thinking about how often and easily things come unplugged)…. also next to your couch…? Okay lets put my coffee mug down on it. OOPS it accidentally spills.. ZZZZzz. Of put your paper Mag. on the thing? right next to the outlet? fire?

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