Via the Wireless Power Consortium:

IKEA is the leader in life at home. Today, technology is a core part of many people’s home environment. We stay connected and interact using smart phones and tablets. But through research about life at home, IKEA saw that looking for a charger for your devices and getting rid of cable mess was a true customer wish. IKEA took this challenge and added their home furnishing knowledge. The solution was furnishings with built in wireless chargers. In order to get access to the technology, the users and creators of the Qi standard, IKEA became a member of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

Whether we’re looking for a pasta recipe for tonight’s dinner, chatting to a close friend, or reading mails while watching a sitcom – our smartphones are always within arm’s reach, keeping us connected with the outside world.

At home, we take them with us from activity to activity, using them until it’s time to dig out the charger. Unfortunately, chargers come with messy cables and always seem to go missing (especially in bigger households!)

With smartphones being such a natural part of our lives, we want the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. That’s why IKEA has created a range of wireless chargers that make mobile charging a lot more accessible, yet a lot less obvious.

How do they work? IKEA has made that part pretty easy. Simply place your phone on the plus sign. That’s it. All wireless chargers come with a USB outlet, making it possible to charge additional devices too.

Hear a little more from the IKEA designers themselves:

“We wanted to make charging a natural part of your home, so we chose side tables and lamps – the kind of furniture that’s used frequently – and turned them into wireless chargers. Not only do they make your home more beautiful, they make it easier to charge wherever you are. Now you can have a charger that helps you read the Sunday crossword.”

“Our charging pads are designed to be used just about anywhere in the home, whether it’s on a windowsill in the living room, in a drawer in the bedroom, or on the kitchen worktop. They make mobile charging easy and convenient and they can charge one or several smartphones at once, which is great for families or in offices.”

“Designer David Wahl explains his thinking behind the charging pads: ‘I wanted them to blend in easily in the home, but it’s equally important that the pads are easy to use. The result is a charging pad with a simple yet interesting design that can be used in many places across the home.’”

“Besides the charging pads and wireless chargers that we’ve integrated into furniture, we’re also offering a wireless charger that you can build into furniture yourself. Called JYSSEN, it lets you create a wireless charger that’s truly unique and tailored to your needs.”