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Power to the People: Ikea's New Phone-Charging Furniture

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 04, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Margot Guralnick last modified Jun 03, 2015

One small step (maybe even a giant leap) for lamps, tables, and nightstands: designs from Ikea with built-in wireless charging for smartphones. The pieces have just arrived or are expected imminently in Ikea stores across the US and the UK. Above: The new Ikea Wireless Charging Range  comes with built-in charging stations—just place your phone on the charging pad and juice up, no outlets or cables required. The hitch: Your smartphone has to have Qi wireless charging, which not all do—but Ikea also sells iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Wireless Phone Covers for $15 to $25 that make them compatible. Above: The Sellje (a nightstand or front-hall table) is made of powder-coated steel; $59.99/£50, built-in wireless charger included. The full collection is online at Ikea Great Britain , and select pieces have just started appearing on the US site. Above: The powder-coated steel and nylon Varv table lamp is $69.99/£50. X marks the charging spot. Above: The painted steel Riggad work lamp , $79.99/£50, has a birch charging pad. Above: The powder-coated steel Nordli nightstand (also shown in the first photo) is $109.99. Above: Noting that cell phones have infiltrated every part of the house, Ikea's designers came up with these portable single and triple charging pads , $27.99/£30 and $64.99/£60, that can be used on any flat surface. The gray and white boxes are Ikea Romma cord management containers . Ikea also sells Jyssen wireless chargers , $29.99/£30, that can be inset into the cord outlets of some Ikea desk designs and, with a drilled hole, any furniture. A cautionary note from Gizmodo : "Wireless charging probably isn't the best thing for the lifespan of your device's battery. (It generates excess heat.) But it sure is convenient." Above: The Nordmarke single pad for wireless charging; $27.99. Above: The Varv floor lamp is $119/£85. See the full collection in Ikea's Wireless Charging announcement. And take a look here at another wireless charging system we like. Here are a few more of our favorite new Ikea designs: New Debuting: Ilse Crawford's Collection for Ikea 10 Favorites: Best of Ikea 2015 11 Essentials from Ikea for Small Space Gardens  Ikea's New Wicker Collection for Summer   More Stories from Remodelista The Day After: How to Get Rid of Candle Wax 10 Easy Pieces: German-Made Cleaning Staples High/Low: Scandi-Style Bath and Wardrobe Storage Accessories






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