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All sockets (Photo: Davide Lovatti)
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* Designed in collaboration with EventArchitectuur for Droog design’s “Design for download” project

3D printers invite designers to deal with plastic objects that seemed out of reach for most of them, and allows us to re-examine what was till now forced to become standardized, dull, heavily mass-produced objects. Sockets are a perfect example: they are the first points of interface in the house and yet they exist almost as a visual interference in the interior. Manufacturing with 3d printers allows for more specific, contextual or playful designs that would not be viable in a mass produced environment.
four designs offer to treat sockets as a point of interest rather than interference. But more importantly, an open file for users to create their own interpretations of what a socket could be is offered, and a platform with a business model offers a home for those interpretations., This way, By setting the playground wide enough, we can create a community and a new life for an almost dead object.