Remember that pop-out power outlet from earlier this year? That was a wall outlet, but at Holz-Handwerk we saw a bunch of nifty designs for hideaway sockets that are designed to be integrated into furniture itself.
Ziegelmueller Beschlagtechnik is a German purveyor of furniture fittings and had a bunch of these socket designs on display at their booth. Here's the first one that caught my eye, which I was actually able to shoot:
That's the Steckdoseneinheit ("socket unit") Eight. A less fancy design is the Square, which at first appears more primitive as there's a little door that you manually slide to the side. But that door features a neat trick in that it can wirelessly charge your phone:
Both of those designs have their sockets below the surface of your desk or countertop. If, like me, you're nervous that you'd spill a drink down there in no time, an alternative design is the EVOline Port, which elevates the sockets:
If you've got the desktop real estate and need a greater amount of plug options, you should check out the FlipTop Push:
Another nifty option is the Backflip, ideal for kitchen countertops. When closed it's splashproof, and it keeps the sockets elevated when exposed:
Credit where credit is due: While Ziegelmueller Beschlagtechnik distributes these products, they were designed by supplier Schulte Elektrotechnik as part of their EVOline electricity interfaces (except for the Eight; I have not been able to discover who designed that one).