Architects and designers taking a holistic approach to detailing interiors can now specify wiring devices, such as dimmers and sockets, which deliver the same high aesthetic as signature materials such as fabrics and wallcoverings.
Three years of research and a huge investment have led to the development of MK’s Elements Collection which combines good looks with innovative new electronic touch functionality for ‘silent’ switching and dimming.
Integration of ancillary items – such as electrical accessories – has always been a design challenge; but the Elements Collection from global electrical devices leader MK aims to bring a chic aesthetic to the accessories sector.
Designers can customise the look of their wiring device, choosing from a huge range of colours, materials and finishes. MK’s bespoke design service – which offers literally thousands of choices – adds minimal lead times and allows designers to truly specify electrical accessories which fit the style and expression of a room.
Even the ‘standard’ range offers vast possibilities: four different material groups – synthetics, glass effect, metallics and naturals – in 16 different finishes and over 180 different devices mean these once unremarkable products are now capable of matching any design environment, commercial or private: be it seven-star boutique hotels, a contemporary Zen loft or post-modern hunter’s lodge.
From cool stone effects like pebble to warm woods and leathers, the Elements range provides for accent, contrast or, in time, even trompe l’oeil when it comes to the specification of wiring devices. Adding to the aesthetic appeal, slim fascia profiles and crisp, clean edges offer a purity of form.
At launch, the range comprises socket outlets, plate switches, grid modules and front plates for Euro modular applications. The touch technology for on/off and dimming functions offers a unique user experience; and switches are available as electronic touch or mechanically operated, depending on type.
And high design has not compromised safety: all fascias are impact-resistant and all sockets feature an enhanced version of the company’s pioneering 3-pin safety shutters, said to be the safest on the market, exceeding current standards.
“Contemporary interior design calls for every component of a room to contribute to the overall aesthetic,” says Jason Ng, MK Electric marketing communications specialist. “We felt that electrical accessories were overdue in playing their part in defining and enhancing the character of a room; and Elements brings a powerful ‘on trend’ momentum to modern spaces”.