Aiming to help users stay connected at all times, IKEA is to launch a wireless furniture collection with incorporated induction-charging stations. The new range consists of bedside tables, lamps and and desks, each item integrating subtle white charging pads. How does the system work exactly? According to the official press release, the wireless charging pads “use transmitter and receiver coils to generate a magnetic field which induces a voltage in the receiver coil. The voltage can then power a smartphone or recharge its battery simply by resting a phone on the Qi pad. Once placed on the pad, a notification pops up to alert the user the device is charging.”
They are important and have to be there yet they’re flexible enough that they can be as simple and as tiny as possible in certain cases. It’s important not to waste valuable space so opting for space-efficient nightstands seems like a perfect compromise. Seemingly inspired from a caterpillar’s track, this project can be enlarged little by little, unlike other tables with fixed extensions. The unconventional table is made of locally grown ash, with a transparent Osmo oli finish: “The end grain of the ash wood makes a beautiful pattern in the triangular shape, which also reminds me of my grandmother’s crocheted tablecloths,” Natalie stated. In order to expend the table, the user has to drag a special handle beneath. Check out the video below to see how this process is done in a simple and elegant manner.