Flaunt your ca­bles and make your wires into a work of art

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Robin and Pa­tri­cia Sil­ver

TAKE a look un­der­neath a desk in most of­fices and. apart from a pair of legs, you’ll find a pile of spaghetti. Not the Ital­ian pasta but a tan­gled mess of ca­bles and wires, of­ten cov­ered in thick dust, that are nec­es­sary for the para­pher­na­lia of a mod­ern com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

In the home, un­der a com­puter or be­hind a tele­vi­sion, the pic­ture’s much the same. Aerial leads and DVD ca­bles twist to­gether with speaker wires, tele­phone flexes and all the “spaghetti” needed to power up a nor­mal liv­ing room.

Even those of us with “WiFi” wire­less set-ups, still need power ca­bles as well as charg­ers for mo­bile phones, cam­eras, iPods, iPads and the like. With all the added gad­getry of satel­lite and cable boxes, com­puter games sta­tions and mu­sic sys­tems, let alone a sim­ple ta­ble lamp to help you see what you’re do­ing, the “spaghetti” some­times seems to be tak­ing over the home.

The trou­ble is that we want ev­ery­thing to look neat and or­derly with con­cealed wiring yet easy ac­cess if any change is re­quired. There are a host of giz­mos that will help our cable man­age­ment rang­ing from dis­creet holes or flaps in the back of cab­i­nets to all man­ner of hooks, clips and tubes that look like the ver­te­brae of snakes,

Many of them are about as ef­fec­tive as a bull­dog clip or an old fash­ioned clothes peg but while they tidy up the “spaghetti” none get rid of the prob­lem – all those wires.

One of the prob­lems is that rooms of­ten don’t have enough plug sock­ets. Even when there are enough, they’re in­vari­ably in the wrong place. You then need an ex­ten­sion cable with a four­way adap­tor and that means yet an­other cable and you run the risk of trip­ping over the wires as well.

Homes have far more ap­pli­ances than ever be­fore and the way we use rooms has also changed. Multi-func­tional space, es­pe­cially in quite small homes, of­ten re­places more pre­scrip­tive room def­i­ni­tions (din­ing, sitting, study etc.). Fit­ting ex­tra plug sock­ets is a ver­i­ta­ble night­mare. First of all there’s the dis­rup­tion and mess caused by break­ing into and then chas­ing out walls. Then the new wiring needs to be con­nected into the cir­cuits, which may re­quire al­ter­ations to the main fuse board.

Then comes re­plas­ter­ing and re­dec­o­rat­ing and a wall can end up look­ing so war-torn that the whole room re­quires a match­ing face-lift.

There are, how­ever, al­ter­na­tives. In 1955, Le Cor­bus­ier showed that ex­pos­ing wiring (and pipes for that mat­ter) in the Heidi We­ber Pavil­lion could be used as a dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture, es­pe­cially when they were high­lighted in con­trast­ing colours. In­stead of try­ing to hide your wires, em­brace them, draw inspiration from them and draw at­ten­tion to them. In this pic­ture, the orange ca­bles stand out against a grey wall and com­ple­ment the ex­posed brick­work with an en­gag­ing curly pat­tern.

It’s also a lot eas­ier to re­de­ploy if you ever need to change the room lay­out. So, don’t be a spaghetti maker, go out and flaunt your wires.

CON­NEC­TION: Put wires to work.

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