Léa De Miras
SWITCH. is a suite of electrical wall accessories designed as an alternative to the ubiquitous and standard plate model. With this project, the aim was to craft an object that fused technology with the world of furniture design and to create a solid presence that would sit naturally in any environment.
The Switch project approaches the electrical accessory market from an aesthetic point of view. Having a switch that doesn’t look like one allows the design to be the focus without compromising the flow and integrity of the space. The challenge was to aesthetically and technologically push the boundaries of what is expected from a switch. Like a piece of furniture carefully designed to complement our home, the switch has to blend into our environment. The graphic outlines are meant to give to the switches a shared identity in our home, compared to the white and industrial products that currently dominate the market.
Thus, this series breaks from the pursuit of creating an ultra-thin plate cover. It is more important to have an object that feeds your daily life than one we only want to see when we need it. Even though their disposition within the house will not change, a new aesthetic that holds a real presence is more valued even when they are not needed.
School of Design
MA Design Products, 2017
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With the guiding principle of escaping the rules and expectations of what a product should be, my goal is to design a piece that is as individual as it is relevant to everyday life. My design research is not about inventing new functions but creating a new market that reflects on the user’s lifestyle and emotions rather than just on technology and specifications.
- École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art, Paris, 2014