I don't know if anyone else did this but I remember in my first apartment replacing every single outlet cover with a brushed stainless steel cover instead* from Home Depot of course. It was my little protest against the overtly ugly, trying to blend in but doing a horrible job at it outlets that still exist everywhere today (at least in the U.S.) If I had to accept their conspicuous intrusion at least I was going to CHOOSE their intrusion material and palette. So you can imagine I did a little dance in my seat when I came across these beauties. I hope they take over the world.
All photography via Bocci 22. You may be more familiar with Bocci's light fixtures especially #14. Also as a side note they're located in Vancouver. I may just have to pay them a visit since they are so close. A little tour of the facilities and an interview? What do you say Bocci?
UPDATE: So I ran these by a contractor friend of mine, Sacha of Stingray Builders, thinking he would be into these but he immediately pointed out some serious flaws. One being the surface material ceases to be protected which I'm actually wondering if that's a true reality or not as I don't think I touch the surface when I plug and unplug. But the other two reasons I thought I should share especially after Doug commented. Thanks Doug.
A quick look through FAQ/Tech specs actually answered a few of these questions. So then we're back to faceplate issue of protecting the wall materials. In which case I think this deserves a tryout at least in one room and see how the walls wear. Again, I don't personally think I'm touching the wall when I plug and unplug (I'll also add I'm not the most delicate or careful so...) A high traffic room would be the best to really test it out. Either way aesthetically they are a HUGE improvement on your typical outlet.
He had a few alternatives for me but I like these best from Cooper wiring devices.
* I asked the Mister and he did this too. But we are odd like that having many shared experiences in the years we lived in the same city and never knew each other.
Found on Atelier a+d
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