Designer Nicole Fuller Explains Her Obsession with this Ingenious Pop-Up Outlet

Talk about form AND function...

There's nothing worse than when good design has to be interrupted for boring, less-than-beautiful function. And in our era of smartphones, tablets, and other electronics galore, the most common hurdles to a good interior are those pesky electrical outlets. Who wants a beautifully wallpapered room interrupted by an ugly, plastic socket? Or a streamlined, minimalist interior marred by the gaping face of an empty plug?

That was the struggle for interior designer Nicole Fuller on one of her latest projects, a to-the-studs gut renovation of a 24,000-(!!)-square-foot Beverly Hills house by renowned architect Edward H. Fickett.

"We completely gutted the house and the guest house and are in the process of re-designing the entire property," Fuller tells Natipernavigare of the project, on which she's collaborating with architects Rudin Donner Design. "We tried to hide all of the outlets, as the house is glass and stone, and we wanted a very clean, streamlined look."

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S-Box

Well, there's hardly anything clean or streamlined about most outlets—but British company S-box is an exception. The company's tagline is "Innovation...In Disguise." It's an apt description of the kinds of work they do, camouflaging electrical necessities in basically any surface. In the case of the outlet Nicole used above, the socket is cut into the marble top of the kitchen island (one of two!).

For Nicole, it offered the perfect solution. "We used them in the kitchen in the main house on the two sprawling islands," she says. "It's a seamless installation and incredibly functional as well."

Oh, and if you're a true minimalist, you'll go crazy for S-Box's pop-up storage offerings, which include custom, hidden space for everything from keys to Nespresso pods, all custom-sized. The dream!

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