ChargerFrame by Naolab



ChargerFrame is a device that charges electrical devices in a wall-mounted frame, created by new Shanghai-based design studio Naolab.


Chargers for devices such as mobile phones, electric shavers and mp3 players fit into sockets inside the frame, while the devices themselves hang from pegs or rest on the bottom ledge.


A master switch on one side of the frame allows users to switch off power to all devices in the frame.


The following information is from Naolab:


Naolab debuts with ChargerFrame, a limited edition project that transforms your electronic landscape into wall art. It is the hub for all your chargers – when you add a device, the picture changes. This active interplay between cables, gadgets and indicator lights is neatly framed and finished off by an energy-efficient master green switch.


The accessible, wall-mounted frame is optimal for managing the endurance of your important digital devices. Its’ design helps to organize and control your own energy consumption. Your everyday gadgets can be placed in the ChargerFrame hot spots and can then be easily switched off.


ChargerFrame hangs portrait and landscape.
750 x 550 x 120mm
Wood, veneer and electrical components.


Naolab creates new values by inventing intelligent objects – visionary and timeless. Naolab’s design and technology considers the whole of our lives and the whole of the earth.

We ask people to challenge the obvious, and in return Naolab promises to engage in disciplined questioning of form, function and infinite appeal. We pursue innovative design without being impeded by short-term goals and we always put the intelligence of our designs first.

Posted on Tuesday July 29th 2008 at 12:06 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Zenza

    This is not very practical. This is not very beautiful. This is not very interesting.

    Why is this here?

  • jt

    that is a great idea, do they sell one with a door on the front of it so i dont have to look at all that ugly sh!t?

  • Keen

    this actually may be the worst design possible for something like this. Every part of it seems to be modeled separately with zero consideration of a cohesive design. They didn’t even bother to solve the long standing problem inherent to power strips of clunky plugs obscuring other sockets (in fact it is redoubled at the corners.) Some argue form over function; others, function over form… Naolabs seems to have embraced the maverick choice to have neither.

    Combine all this with the self-important masturbatory drivel that Naolab is spouting about “disciplined questioning of form, function and infinite appeal” and “the intelligence of [their] designs” and I don’t expect to be seeing anything of consequence rolling out of their office.

  • Bioz

    mierda esto es mierda

  • edward

    I suspect this will be a hit in gizmo crazed Asia, but I can’t see any pressing need for it and to think of it as art is pushing it. Also my electric shaver is recharged with just a cord plugged into an outlet, so there’s no room for the shaver in de box. I assume the over-heated rhetoric is a cultural thing and should be taken as such.

  • Tonero

    @%^*&#!, y’all need to ease up a little.

  • trent

    does nobody else look at this box and question why we have all this stuff? it’s very existence should be a cue to pare down our electronic devices

    and on a practical level, who wants to charge all their stuff in one place? would one install said unit in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or living room? confusion reigns

  • Jake

    This is very practical. This is very beautiful. This is very interesting.

    Thanks for posting this!

  • Honkie

    anyone else get a bit fed up with the phrase ‘limited edition’? Does this translate in this case as ‘we only made a few cos we knew no one would buy them?’

  • sums

    I like it. It organizes while not looking organized.

    At least I have my rechargers in one place and not spread around the whole room,

    That would come in handy for me.

  • Caesar Tjalbo

    I’ve been looking at something with a similar purpose. My first (and basically only) requirement would be to be able to switch every loading device on/off separately. The idea is that chargers use current when they’re plugged in regardless whether they’re actually charging something.
    Therefore a “single master switch” and no finer grained control is useless, this item is just a fancy power strip (aka plugbar, etc.) with a switch; possibly exactly what most readers here have their computer and peripherals plugged into.

  • charlotte

    I really like this… !
    Would love to have it, though I would never have more than 2 things charging at the same time…

  • mark five

    I had to have a closer look, just to see what exactly this was: which turned out to be a glorified yet far less practical power bar, exhibiting a horrid mess of cabling that is the plague of technology; ie. it turned out to be nothing at all – save for an absurd waste of time and resources, and yet another instance of mindless sexy rhetoric standing shamelessly in for a single strong and well-executed idea idea.
    Indeed the question: why is this here?

  • scruces

    I agree with Tonero – viscious critics here…
    if you’re too quick to critique it’s likely because you’re not too occupied creating something

  • kay

    In all honesty, it’s framing objects that we rely on daily, and being deliberate about showcasing a less attractive part of our coveted electronics. What would our electronics be sans being charger? Naught but paperweights.

  • amster

    Chill out fools. It’s a piece of art. And looking at it makes me think about how many things need chargers nowadays. So many bits of electronics, with self contained power packs, that need regular visits to a charger – most of which warn you in advance! – but all of which almost always require a different charger – chargers that vary in size and shape from tiny and beautiful, to big and monstrous! How about wireless charging! – or even common connectors and/or adaptors.