European design team develops wood.e conductive furniture


We're not sure what to make of the wood.e line of concept furniture from German-Italian design team Trans|alpin. On the one hand, the basic idea — sandwiching two layers of conductive metal between layers of wood to integrate power into the furniture — strikes us as an elegant, creative way to get rid of the tangle of wires that we're forced to contend with when using normal furniture. On the other hand, last time we checked, wood was a highly flammable material, and the idea of sending current through it without any shielding sounds about as safe as using a third-party battery in your cellphone.

[Via Near Near Future]