Yes, Another Socket

Search for “Socket” on Yanko Design and you will be hit by countless designs, making you wonder why is this component so important in our lives. If it’s not the socket per-se, then it’s the plugs that most designers are worried about. Adding to the list is the Live Socket, an iteration that takes away the bother of pulling the plug once we are done with an appliance. Child safe and energy friendly, this design is clever and practical too!

Live Socket is a 2012 iF Design Talents entry.

Designer: Xu Zhang


  • anoush m says:

    the way i see this design is that it solves the bulkiness of the plug at the socket. well, you don’t unplug a plug because of the bulkiness, you unplug it because of the trailing cable..

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  • Marc P. says:

    Please, there are dozen of other plugs out there. Think about them too.

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  • kevin says:

    English plug sockets have a switch to switch off an appliance without having to unplug it. Next time you want to use the appliance, simply switch the switch. Works great!
    A potential problem with this design is that if something knocks the protruding plug down into the ‘off’ position when in use, it will switch off. Big problem if it’s a desktop computer for example. Pulling a plug upward so that it sticks out of the wall at 90 degrees to switch it on seems a little unsophisticated.
    How about the same mechanism allowing you to fold the plug out of the way for tidiness and clean lines, but adding a switch so that it can be either on or off when in this state. This would also allow 90 degree 2-pin plugs (where the cable projects downward) to work as usual.

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