Electric Table by Christiane Hoegner
Christiane Hoegner graduated in 2003 from the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste with a degree in interior architecture. Since then, she has created a varied and exciting range of products from a sofa made of sandbags to a storage system made out of universal stacking boxes. But my favorite piece is probably the Electric Table. The concept is by no means new. For years, commercial furniture manufacturers have made systems with plugs integrated into the tables via raceways. But never before have I seen a simple table meant for consumer use that has integrated an electrical outlet into the design. Why? I sometimes wonder because the idea is so simple and so ingenious that Christiane needs to be commended for her decision to follow this pursuit.
The design is quite simple. Just a white table with a modest outlet integrated into the top rail or apron as we American furniture builders call it, and that’s about all you get. But what more do you need than a bit more flexibility with all the gadgets and computers that people have today.