I liked elements of industrial designer Ye-Eun Son's Turney upside-down power strip, but it's just a concept.
And I found Shinola's Power Supply handsome, but that's with nothing plugged into it. (It's also aimed at the luxury consumer and thus out of my price range, at nearly $200.)
Shinola Power Supply
A better alternative might be this great-looking ES01 Extension Socket by Punkt:
Punkt has borrowed a trick from Coalesse's Power Pod, designed by MNML...
Coalesse Power Pod
...in that the ES01's sockets are arrayed to create plenty of space for even bulky adapters.
The advantage of Punkt's design over the Power Pod is that you can cap it while things are still plugged in. The slightly larger diameter of the cap leaves space for the cables.
The ES01 rings in at $50.
The concern I have with most of these hide-a-plug designs is that every single one of my power bars has at least one bulky adapter sticking out of it that wouldn't fit. I don't mean this as a criticism of the designs, but it means that they have limited flexibility. As soon as you have one bulky plug, what do you do with it?
Sadly the model with the US plugs has been "withdrawn from production" according to their site.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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