Charge Trays
Layer Wednesday 15 Jun 2016

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency Layer has created Charge Tray, a collection of slip cast ceramic trays with an integrated induction charging system for renowned Italian ceramics brand Bitossi Ceramiche. The Charge Tray collection will launch in April at Salone del Mobile, with a UK launch during Clerkenwell Design Week in May at 155 Clerkenwell.

With a design language informed by crafted homewares, Charge Tray minimises the visual impact of technology in the home and enables easy wireless charging of technology devices, including both mobile phones and tablets. The trays can also be used to display and store small items. 

Designed for use in all areas of the home and office, the Charge Tray collection exudes high craft rather than high tech. The trays are available in four sizes and four glazed finishes – salt, matte, crackle and soba – reflecting the rich and varied palette of the ceramics industry.

A compression-moulded silicone module on the underside of each tray houses the induction charging system. The modular nature of the design provides the opportunity for Bitossi Ceramiche to update the Charge Tray collection with new charging technology as it becomes available. The result is a timeless accessory for the home.

“At Layer we are interested in humanising technology and harmonising it with the interior environment. Charge Tray uses craft to softly and simply integrate smart technology within the home and make it more desirable.” Benjamin Hubert, Founder Layer

“Benjamin Hubert succeeded to create a tool for modern day living whilist preserving the warmth of craftsmanship by subtly integrating a highly technological component” Cinzia Bitossi – Design Director, Bitossi Ceramiche

In detail:

• Four ceramic trays with integrated induction charging.
• Modular system that allows charging technology to be easily updated.
• Four sizes – 150mm x 150mm; 170mm x 320mm; 200mm x 450mm; 550mm x 150mm.
• Four glazes – salt, matte, crackle and soba.
• To be launched at Salone del Mobile 2016 and in the UK during Clerkenwell Design Week.