- SEKHINA, a design company based in Hungary has recently introduced prototypes of concrete-covered light switches and sockets.
- The products are more aesthetically pleasing than plastic and they give a high-quality feel to the users.
- The company will neutralize their carbon footprint once they enter the market.
Concrete switches and sockets had to exist already, so we thought initially. It seemed such an obvious idea. But we couldn’t find them anywhere. We thought they would look and feel fantastic, so we created them. You can now find the very first completely concrete cover of switches & sockets. Made from only silicates, more sustainable, more beautiful.
What is the innovation of this project?
These products combine the benefits of modern minimalist design with the humanity and purity of the handcrafted process. As a natural substance, concrete is a more sustainable alternative compared to plastic, although we know that cement is harmful to the environment – so we will completely neutralize our impact.
Perfect fit, in harmony with all wall surfaces
A piece of plastic on the wall can be bizarre, sometimes quite terrible. Interior designers very often try to hide switches and sockets as they blunt the general aesthetics of their work. But, they‘re functional, useful objects. If we have to search for a long time to find them and posture freaky poses to use them – that’s not too comfortable. The answer is concrete.
Fine to the touch
How many times a day do you touch light switches? Physical contact with objects has a physical effect on our body, and consequently, to our soul. If you feel it is better to wear a natural silk scarf than a nylon one, prefer to use glass in contrast to a plastic cup and you can feel the difference between the perfume of flowers compared to a cheap toilet fragrance, then surely you will appreciate our products.
Unique, individual, arty
The surface bubbles and blots make up a distinct, unique object with an individual character and personality. If you look closely at our polished Mini Terrazzo surfaces, a lively, colorful, and abstract world opens up. We hate monotony. There is not one piece the same as another.
Handcrafted and diverse
The handmade manufacturing way is not an anachronic technology. It has many advantages. Easy to create almost anything that the customer wishes for, even in small batches. We can make many varieties, use many colors. This process allows us to tailor the perfect fit combination to your interior.
More sustainable than plastic – We say no to carbon dioxide!
We know that the plastic materials of switches and sockets make up a very low percentage of global plastic pollution, but we think that all of the tiny steps to create a more sustainable future are remarkable.
We are very proud that we can offer a better alternative although we know that concrete can harm the environment as well. We do not use artificial resin nor pollutant additives. We just call it a “stone to stone” product.
Our products contain only 25% of cement at most, and we use a specially developed concrete recipe that is free of synthetic resins and contaminants, reducing the use of toxic substances significantly. Compared to plastic, our products truly represent a more sustainable choice.
To completely neutralize our carbon footprint, we will be planting trees in cooperation with an environmental organization and get advice from environment-protection specialists before starting mass production to ensure that our impact on the environment can be completely neutralized. Our R&D team will be experimenting with other sustainable materials as well to expand the diversity of our product portfolio.— Gabor Kasza, CEO of Sekhina
When we enter the market, we will be operating in accordance to the Triple Bottom Line model. Ethical and enviromentally friendly operation is the most important for us.
Durable, well-built and easy to clean
We work with the finest, purest materials to use high-performance concrete. We infuse all items with an eco-friendly water-repellent agent that is invisible on the surface. Stains and grease of any kind are easy to clean from the switch or socket.
We make just the concrete covers and fit them over safe, well-known, industry-standard electrical mechanisms made by trusted name-brand manufacturers. These products are certified, follow the rules but also contain plastic components.
SEKHINA is actively looking for partners & investors
We are looking to develop relationships with partners from the design and electrical product industry. We need financial investment to facilitate the smooth transition to mass-market production.
About the project owner
Gábor Kasza began his career as a photographer and visual artist. He started developing concrete switches & sockets as part of his technological and artistic exploration with the material. He founded the SEKHINA brand three years ago.