LAYER supports panasonic to create collection of six near-future design concepts

LAYER supports panasonic to create collection of six near-future design concepts

panasonic, supported by the design team at LAYER, is exploring the intersection between home, wellbeing and technology with the launch of ‘balance of being’. ‘we are proud to partner with panasonic to support bringing to life a range of concepts that showcase super progressive technologies combined with a sensitive approach to form and materiality,’ comments benjamin hubert, founder of LAYER. ‘the design directions are drawn from research into the wabi sabi of materials found in japanese craftsmanship to help soften high performance experiences with an approachable aesthetic. the results are products that enhance everyday rituals to create a greater sense of wellbeing for the user in a meaningful way.’

GROW was designed to provide advanced LED light treatment for a person’s hair and hair follicles to promote healthy growth



the collection of six near-future concepts by panasonic and supported by LAYER combines emerging technology with sophisticated experience design, allowing users to have meaningful engagement with the products, while also taking care of themselves. ‘we are curious in how we engage with products and the knowledge that they can build of us and our families,’ says takehiro ikeda, creative director of panasonic design. ‘how do we intersect our aspirations of a more natural world with experiences that are technologically enabled? this creates many exciting questions for panasonic; opening opportunities for new paradigms of products and experiences that allow us to lead our lives in more meaningful ways that brings balance.’

GROW promotes healthy hair growth



the products bring life to a new philosophy, where the user’s health and a balanced lifestyle are at the core of the design purpose. highlights include GROW, a wearable device which understands hair condition and structure to identify an appropriate treatment; LIFT, which engages families and younger generations in cooking, nutrition and healthier eating by using sensors within the device to ‘lift’ food to its most optimal nutritional state; and TONE, a product that examines the user’s neck complexion and devises a self-care regime for a personalized experience. the designs consist of different materials including glazed ceramic, refined timber and constructed textiles in pale tonal palette, allowing these tech products to feel natural in the home.

LIFT is a smart cooking and food maturing appliance using advanced heat and pressure technology



‘balance aims to close this gap between technology and our lifestyles, focusing more on human interaction, comfort, enhancing our lifestyles, and providing truly meaningful experiences with technology allowing us to bond with one another instead of our devices,’ explains rowan williams, creative lead at panasonic design london.


‘balance of being’ was unveiled at IFA 2019, the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, from september 6-11, 2019.

LIFT engages families and younger generations in cooking, nutrition and healthier eating

based on a smart visual analysis of skin condition, SHOT uses camera sensing on the front of the device, advanced AI, combined with a selection of fresh frozen fruit and vegetable TBC to deliver highly-nutritious, bespoke drinks

this smart visual analysis of skin condition is aimed at improving a person’s health

TONE is a fashion-led product that sits comfortably around a person’s neck; improving the complexion and health of their skin and décolletage using steam and LED light treatments

TONE examines the user’s neck complexion and devises a self-care regime for an optimal and personalized experience

WAVE is a smart massaging device for the head that can be used to relieve stress in various situations, at home or work

mapping and evaluating the level of tension, WAVE determines the length of time, method and intensity of the experience



project info:


project name: balance of being
design: panasonic supported by LAYER


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