Living in a Box
Last year, German design firm Transalpin conceived a way to pass electricity through wood and named it Wood.e. The 12V current doesn't actually pass though the wood; there's conductive material layered in to the plywood.
This year, they created Living In a Box (above) as an example of how this innovative material could be applied. Normally separate pieces, chairs, tables, lamps and shelves, are integrated in to a singular installation with the profile of a box. While this concept may go above and beyond how you or I would use Wood.e, it's an interesting study in form and function. What excites me the most is that there are no ugly wires disturbing the nice clean lines.