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Brief Published: 18 Aug 2016

Wireless Charging: The New Approach

Duo by Blond, Charging Trays by Layer

Wireless charging has been emerging as a key technology for the past few years, and is slowly being embraced by furniture and homeware companies looking to integrate functionality into design-led products. In 2015, Ikea launched a furniture and lighting range that enables the charging of handheld devices, while two new designs from other brands bring tactile materials and elegant shapes to this technology.

  • Duo – Portable Speaker and Wireless Charging Plate: On the basis of its case study into the future of induction charging, London-based design studio Blond is anticipating a revival of wireless charging technology. The studio has created a portable speaker with a wireless charging tray as it saw a lack of products designed for home environments. The Duo blends into modern interiors by using materials such as perforated aluminium and polished Corian (a man-made, stone-like material), resulting in a refined aesthetic.
  • Charge Trays: Earlier this summer, design studio Layer launched a ceramic tray collection for wireless charging, in collaboration with Italian ceramics brand Bitossi Ceramiche. The collection, available in four sizes and with four different glazes, carries a clean form combined with a subtle palette. The charging technology sits under the tray in a compression-moulded silicone module, making it possible to update the wireless charging system as new technology emerges.

We are moving towards a wireless world, as indicated by the development of products such as these charging trays. See Integrate on how wireless technology is allowing for the creation of products that revolve around people, not the other way around.

Companies are re-engaging consumers with interiors-inspired consumer electronics that fit within contemporary spaces. See New Tech Aesthetics for more design-led products that employ tactility, and that are more akin to homeware than conventional consumer electronics.