Got Cords? Try 'Techorating'!

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, cofounder of, shares tips on making your technology work with your decor

Luckily, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, cofounder of the home site and author of Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, is here to help. He recently teamed with Duracell for the "Tackle Techorating" campaign and shared his best tips with iVillage.

First, what is "techorating"?
Techorating is decorating with technology. We all have technology in our homes—it's not a matter of not having it, we've already got it. So it's a matter of either camouflaging it so that you have as few unsightly parts of it as possible showing, or now, finding those elements of technology that are actually beautiful, that are actually highlights, that are conversation pieces.

A lot of people get great new electronics for the holidays, but they come with a mountain of cords. What's the cure for cord overload?
There's nothing I like less than when you open up a new cool thing and right on top is the cool thing, and you take that out, you take out the cardboard insert, and underneath is the awful stuff, all the cords. And they never put the amount of design detail into the power cords as they do into the cool thing itself. So you need to look for things that are obviously minimal in this category. And focus on ways of dealing with this stuff that's going to have it anyway.

I like the wires tight and out of sight. You need cable managers to do that. The ones I have are Bluelounge CableDrops. These are very svelte, very easy to use. They're made out of a silicone material and come in colors—you can have a pink one, an orange one—so if you need to see it, it's not that bad. It's nice to have ones that are easy to use and that when you do see them, they're attractive.

Where do you think this marriage of design and technology is headed?
People are getting a lot more creative. I had breakfast with Jonathan Adler recently and I mentioned that I had seen a beautiful radio designed by another designer, Orla Kiely, and his eyes lit up and he said, "I want to design that radio too!" Designers used to design just fabric and rugs and furniture, but interior designers are now designing technology—and that's a good thing.

How do you conquer cords in your home? Chime in below!

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