Charging the Bookshelf: Plugbook by Dave Hakken

"I hate multiple sockets!" shouts 23-year old Dutch designer, Dave Hakkens - creator of the incredible Rubble Floor - on his design website. "They are always lost somewhere in the drawer/closet/garage and the cable is always full with knots and kinks." Instead of complaining about the problem any longer than he already has, Hakkens went to town on a solution. Enter Plugbook: the answer to wasted time spent untangling unsightly cords.

Plugbook. Designed by Dave Hakkens.

Power Your Devices with a Pseudo-Book/ Power Cord from Your School or Home Library

"My goal was to create a multiple socket which is just always in your living room without being obstructive and with a good working cable," Hakkens writes on his recent project's Kickstarter page.  "The Plugbook is made in the shape of a book which hides itself between your other books. When you need it, just take it out and pull the cord."

Plugbook. Designed by Dave Hakkens.

From within the book, 10 feet, or 3 meters, of cable are ready to pull out. With the help of Dutch-based Designcord - a company that specializes in plugs, sockets and slick auto-rewind functions - the ease of use is state-of-the-art, making it the easiest, most hassle-free way to clean up after a charging session.

Plugbook. Designed by Dave Hakkens.

Speaking to his collaboration with Designcord, Hakkens says, "together we made sure the Plugbook is ready for production, including matching all safety regulations and certification requirements. We made several technical drawings and a 3D print to make sure it all works properly. Therefore, the produced model will look exactly the same as these images." Beyond its highly-functional properties, Plugbook comes in four attractive colors: black, white, "encyclopedia red" and a TBD color that will be voted on by the Kickstarter page.

Plugbook. Designed by Dave Hakkens.

Following US and EU safety standards, the Plugbook's final product features the following: auto rewind, overheating protection, 10 ft (3m) of cables, and two USB plugs.

About the Designer: Dave Hakkens is a burgeoning young designer from the Netherlands who lives and creates in Eindhoven. Born in Valkenswaard, the 23-year old designer looks outside of the box to create unique, often green-friendly and minimalistic ways to recreate our environments in the home, office and educational settings.

Posted May 22, 2012 by Sonja Hall

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