What if that ugly tangle of power cords and adapters in your corner could be transformed into a playful sculpture?

That’s the concept behind the Oon powercord by Los Angeles-based design studio Okum.

Considering how long power cords have been around and how ubiquitous they are, it’s about time someone figured out how to beautify them.

In this thoughtful design, three electrical outlets are embedded in colorful blocks of hard maple wood, strung along a cord disguised by large wooden beads.

It turns an ugly necessity into something fun, following the studio’s devotion to creating “everyday objects of ingrained detail."

The Ugly Power Cord Gets A Sculptural Makeover

L.A.-based design studio Okum fixes the problem of messy power adapters and cords with playful design.

There's a limit to what you can do with that ugly tangle of power cords and adapters in the corner. Or is there? Los Angeles-based design studio Okum, headed up by designer David Okum, has reconceived the cord-tangle and the result is a rather pretty, playful sculpture otherwise known as the Oon powercord.



It's a thoughtful design. The studio embedded three electrical outlets into colorful blocks of maple wood, and strung the wood along a cord whose true nature (as a cord) is disguised by large wooden beads. The usual white plastic casing that grays and frays over time is wonderfully gone. It's replaced by a cloth cord that comes in several bright colors. The outlets flex every which way to make it a more adaptive adapter. The whole thing looks a bit like a cool chunky necklace or a collection of old-school baby toys. It turns an ugly necessity into something fun, the very embodiment of the studio’s devotion to creating "everyday objects of ingrained detail."

The Oon power outlet is available for $79 here.

[h/t Designboom]

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  • 41a8bd20

    US-Asian sockets like this lack an earth pin, are also prone to appliances coming loose and have no non-conductive safety sheath over the base of the pins -- all of which makes them the least safe in the various types worldwide. any 'improvement' should have considered these issues, although some of that is beyond the scope of this extension lead \ power adaptor design. the idea of using a flammable material (wood) for power devices is not ideal, but probably it is well enough shielded to not be an issue. that said, this is still probably safer than some of the inferior products made in China and sold in discount shops \ Walmart \ etc. -- if it weren't for the fact that this looks like a infants' toy!
    on the plus side -- cloth \ woven nylon cables look great, and are more flexible and durable than ordinary plastic, we should see much more of them around the home.

  • Elisa Broihier

    Why would anyone design an electrical apparatus to look like child's toy? Not a good idea...

  • rosswaitken

    Looks Amazing!! My kids would love to play with these; the electrical products they normally play with such as computer power supplies, high voltage transformers, and car batteries never look this appealing.

  • Jennifer Smith

    When they added a ground, which this item apparently lacks. No plugging in your laptop.