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The designer wall outlet

This power supply source could be in a museum

Can a power outlet be a work of art? In this case, we think yes. The inspiringly named Node 12050 looks more like a Frank Lloyd Wright design than an electrical device, and it's practical to boot.

Designer wall outlet

The wall outlet works only with flat plugs like the type found in Japan, but it's tempting to switch appliances just to try it out. The node acts like a smart power strip--you can plug in several devices, and it indicates how much voltage is being used by a red light that expands to let you know if a power surge is imminent.

Of course, once the inevitable jumble of appliance cords are added, the artistic integrity of the Node 12050 could be somewhat compromised. Depending on your taste, that is.

(Photo: Akihabara News)