The reinterpretation of previous designs by todays students are some of the most powerful and eye opening designs. Their fresh approach and rose colored glasses like inspiration help move dated products into the future. We would obviously have a hard time living without power cords &mdash but that doesn't mean they have to be larger than the device we need to power.
Royal College of Art graduate Min-Kyu Choi has designed a folding version of the standard UK electrical plug. Choi addressed a problem that not a lot of people are willing to tackle. Most likely because of money, or the giant can of worms it opens when the public sees how simple and easy it is to make a condensed version (I'm no longer looking at my power cords in the same way).
Choi owns a Macbook Air &mdash we all know how tiny and light weight they are. Problem is, he has to lug around the giant charger that goes with it. He realized it doesn't have to be that large during travel, so he designed a folding plug that would suit his needs.
Choi has also designed a USB charger version and Multi Flat Plug, which allows three devices to share power from one plug that takes up more or less the same amount of space as a standard plug. Choi's intention of the project was to make the plug as slim as possible and follow the British Standard regulation at the same time. Basically, he's tired of his papers getting ripped and his laptop getting scratched while he's mobile &mdash so he put his education to use and designed the plug.
He also entered the Folding Plug into the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards &mdash and won Design of the Year! The top winning designs will be on display at the Design Museum in London through June 6th.