BATTERY for Aircharge
We designed this product as a response to the problem of delivering mobile phone charging to spaces without immediate access to mains power.
The studio took the solution one stage further and, working with the Aircharge brand, we added wireless technology to the original concept.
The problem we wanted to solve was how to get people away from the walls. The rapid development of wireless charging technology within the smartphone market coupled with a visionary client presented an opportunity.
The main problem was well defined so what really challenged us as a team were the other issues faced in producing a product which could stand up to the rigours of a high use environment, be easy to install and easy to use.
Designing in electronic reliability, with batteries being switched in and out hundreds and hundreds of times a year. It’s one of our core strengths as a studio to understand the manufacturing partner and work directly with them to engineer products that work, time after time.
Working with mains, battery and wireless technology simultaneously is a long way from furniture design. The project was a complex combination of the technical requirements of international standards as well as our own requirements of design for usability.
The outcome was a neat and functional product, fit for purpose and engineered to meet its target costs. From its launch the product has been installed globally with brands such as Virgin Trains, Starbucks and Costa Coffee.