The electric table is "decorated" with electrical outlets on all sides and mixes electronic aesthetic with furniture and function. As the designer Broberg and Ridderstrale points out, this encourages the integration of gadgets in our homes.

"Depending on how it is used, the electrical appliance turns into "electro-decoration," says the designer.

Power source issues are a big deal at my house and at my office, so I am naturally intrigued by the idea of being able to hook up my phone and computer right at my desktop. I'd prefer the outlets be hidden under the table top, but this is still a clean way to avoid the ugly black surge protector - assuming this table has a protector built in.