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“Layer is one of the best studios working today”

Cliff Kuang – Director of Product and Innovation, Fast Company

Cliff Kuang – Director of Product and Innovation, Fast Company

Forward-thinking brands from around the world partner with us to create market-defining products and experiences

Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert is an award-winning British design entrepreneur, founder and Creative Director of LAYER.

“Benjamin Hubert has completed the transition from eponymous designer brand to a larger entity with a wider reach.”
Wallpaper*

“Benjamin Hubert, design ace, professional and poised, is having a moment… small wonder he is going places fast.”
Financial Times

“What if you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Benjamin Hubert aims to answer that question and others that might cross an eco-conscious mind.”
TIME

Our work has been recognised by the world’s most prestigious awards bodies

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LAYER is a fast-growing studio that partners with the world’s most forward-thinking brands. We have a progressive approach to personal development within the studio, and are always looking for talented and highly motivated industrial designers to join the team.

If you would like to take the next step in your creative career, email your portfolio and CV to careers@layerdesign.com or explore the below available positions.

Balance of Being Launches

LAYER is delighted to have supported Panasonic in the creation of concepts presented at IFA 2019. The teams have explored the intersection between home, wellbeing and technology with the launch of ‘Balance of being’: a collection of new product concepts bringing to life a new philosophy. The collection of six near-future design concepts sensitively combine emerging technology with sophisticated experience design and explore how we can have more meaningful engagements with products and how we take care of ourselves. The collection is the collaborative result of a research and development project between LAYER, Panasonic’s design and engineering teams. ‘Balance of being‘ was unveiled at IFA 2019, the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances from 6-11th September 2019 in Berlin.

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Canopy Collection launches

Benjamin Hubert and LAYER are proud to announce our first collaboration with sustainable fashion design studio RÆBURN on Canopy Collection, a range of innovative furniture pieces that explore form and structure using recycled parachute material and welded steel frames. The Canopy Collection comprises two rocking chairs and two screens that can be used in both commercial and domestic settings. The frames have been prototyped and manufactured in the UK by leading furniture manufacturer Allermuir.

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Strand launches

Benjamin Hubert and LAYER have designed Strand for Muuto, a collection of four elegant pendant lamps. Each lamp is constructed from a finely crafted steel frame over which an innovative cocooning material has been sprayed, creating a form with a large volume and small material impact. This is the first product designed by LAYER for Muuto, and Benjamin Hubert is the first British designer to work with the Scandinavian brand.

The Strand Pendant Lamps will launch at the Muuto space in Heal’s furniture store during London Design Festival 2019.

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Benjamin Hubert at Dezeen Day

British design entrepreneur and Creative Director of LAYER, Benjamin Hubert, will be talking at Dezeen Day on the 30th of October. The inaugural event will act as an opportunity for Benjamin to share his approach to entrepreneurship in the creative industry aswell as the studio’s approach and vision of a design-driven future.

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Neocon awards

The AXYL Bench, designed by Benjamin Hubert and LAYER for British furniture brand Allermuir, recently won a Best of NeoCon Silver in the “Seating: Benches” category, along with a prestigious Metropolis Likes Award.

Hula, a height-adjustable stool designed by Benjamin Hubert and LAYER for renowned Spanish furniture brand Andreau World, has won the HiP Award for Best Workplace Stool at NeoCon 2019, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. Hula is designed to be hardwearing and comfortable, and is intended for contract use in bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues.

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Tape wins ICFF Award

TAPE, a modular sofa designed by Benjamin Hubert and LAYER for Italian brand Moroso, has recently won an Interior Design and ICFF NYCxDESIGN Award in the “Contract Bench + Stool” category.

The TAPE sofa is part of a furniture family, which also includes a table, for Moroso, and is the eighth collaboration between Benjamin Hubert and the renowned Italian furniture brand. The Tape collection uses polyurethane tape to bond smaller pieces of textile together, which would otherwise be discarded in the upholstery process and treated as waste. The technique was inspired by the sporting industry, where tape is used in the construction of snowboarding, ski, and wet-weather gear.

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NIO Pal Launch

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER has designed PAL, a near-future prototype for an intelligent, modular personal transport system that embraces AI and machine learning to offer flexible and convenient “last mile” travel for Chinese electric vehicle company NIO. Various accessories – bag, basket, shopping cart – can be affixed to the front of PAL to cater to the user’s lifestyle and changing needs.

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Pal App Launches

The PAL app was developed by LAYER for Chinese electric vehicle company NIO, designed to offer flexible and convenient “last mile” travel. The PAL app connects to the smart, modular scooter via a wireless bluetooth earpiece using NIO’s NOMI system, an artificially-intelligent digital companion which learns its driver’s self-interests and other information to meet their needs.

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Hula launches

Benjamin Hubert and LAYER have designed Hula, a new height-adjustable stool for Andreu World. Hula represents LAYER’s first collaboration with the renowned Spanish furniture brand, and is Andreu World’s first height-adjustable barstool. Hula is designed to be hardwearing and comfortable, and is intended for contract
use in bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues.

Hula was launched at the Andreu World stand in the Fiera during Salone Del Mobile in Milan and will be on show at Clerkenwell Design Week in London where Benjamin will be giving a talk on the stool’s design journey at 5pm on the 22nd of May in the Andreu World showroom – 101-104 Goswell Rd.

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Axyl Bench Launches

Benjamin Hubert and LAYER have launched the AXYL Bench for British furniture brand Allermuir. The sustainable modular bench represents an expansion of the highly successful AXYL collection of chairs and tables.

Designed as a versatile system, the modular bench allows users to create hundreds of iterations by mixing and matching finishes, colours, and elements, including colour and finish of the frame and seat, length of bench, and the option of plywood or cushioned armrests and seat pads. This intelligent adaptability alongside a minimal design language enables the bench to effortlessly fit into soft contract spaces and across a range of hospitality interiors.

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Raytrace Launches

Raytrace an immersive installation designed by LAYER for Cosentino, one of the world’s leading solid surface brands, showcased the innovative material Dekton at Milan’s Salone del Mobile.

Raytrace was constructed in an underground vault at Milan’s Stazione Centrale. Inside the dark, atmospheric space, visitors encountered two huge, architectural slabs of Dekton – each measuring 6m in height and 24m in length – seemingly balanced on a single edge, creating a triangular passage. Inside this passage, a mesmerising caustic pattern slowly played across the surface, evoking the dreamlike state of being underwater.

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Cove Launches

The AXYL collection for Allermuir was showcased at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2019 at Cove, an installation designed by LAYER that transformed the Hall of Mirrors at Palazzo Litta into a light and reflective space for visitors.

The architectural installation was designed to contrast with the highly ornate Baroque setting, framing pieces from the AXYL collection against minimal backdrops inspired by a photography studio.

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Madrid Design Week

Benjamin Hubert will deliver the keynote speech at Madrid Design Week in February on LAYER’s approach and projects including exciting new launches for 2019.

Benjamin will shares his methodology on the 15th of February at 17.45pm in the University COAM Calle de Hortaleza, 63, 28004 Madrid, Spain.

Wallpaper Design Award

Benjamin Hubert and LAYER have received a prestigious Wallpaper Design Award 2019 for ‘Best Reflective Space for Basket created for Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen.

Basket is both decorative home accessory and functional storage – it can be used to stack papers, magazines, books, cushions, or other items.

The handle makes it easy to pick up and move to another room, so you can bring the stored items to wherever they are needed in the home. The handle extends through the basket form to create feet that stabilise the soft basket shape, enabling it to stand firmly on the floor whilst being visually pure.

Elle Deco Best Seating

Tape, designed by Benjamin Hubert and LAYER for Moroso, has won the annual Elle Deco UK Design Award for ‘Best Seating’.

The Tape collection uses polyurethane tape to bond smaller pieces of textile together, which would otherwise be discarded in the upholstery process and treated as waste. The technique was inspired by the sporting industry, where the tape is used in the construction of snowboarding, ski, and wet-weather gear to create a robust and waterproof furniture system.

Elle Deco Best Wall Covering

Shift, designed by Benjamin Hubert and LAYER for Really and Kvadrat, has won the annual Elle Deco Japan Design Award for ‘Best Wall Covering’.

Shift has the ability to easily transform from a flat acoustic wall panel to a shelf used for display and storage. The flexible system has been designed to maximise space and display areas in response to the constantly changing needs of retail environments. Shift seamlessly adapts to different situations, from high-demand sales periods, during which storage and display areas needs to be prioritised, to launches and openings, when floor space and acoustics need to be maximised for entertaining.

Progress 1000

Benjamin Hubert, Creative Director and Founder of strategic design agency LAYER has been included in the Evening Standard’s list of most influential people in London.

The annual survey celebrates the top 1000 (or 0.0001%) of Londoners who offer the most influence in their field of expertise.

Turkey Design Week

Benjamin Hubert has delivered the keynote speech at Design Week Turkey in November on LAYER’s approach and projects.

The speech was delivered to a sell-out audience of over 1200 visitors during the third edition of the annual design week held in Istanbul.

Fast Company Awards

LAYER has received three Highly Commended accolades at the annual Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards. The tech magazine and platform selected LAYER’s work in the Products category for the studio’s brand, product design and creative direction for Nolii and the design of Axyl for Allermuir. In the Health category, LAYER received a Highly Commended award for our work with Catapult in creating PLAYR, the smart Coach wearable for aspiring football players.

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Installation launch

LAYER has designed two stands for this year’s designjunction as part of London Design Festival 2018. The Kite stand for the KiteONE eyewear launch plays on the theme of modularity reflecting the concept behind the bespoke made-to-measure collection. The design language is minimal and Scandinavian, providing a simple backdrop for the eyewear. The Nolii stand for the launch of 67 product SKUs and Rise, a new wireless lamp, is a simple series of modernist monoliths that display the company’s products in an accessible and minimal fashion.

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Keynote @Designjunction

Benjamin Hubert will deliver the keynote speech at this years designjunction on Friday the 20th of September 2018 at 11am at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf. The talk will take the audience through a tour of the studio’s recent product launches, the LAYER approach, and give an insight into the design entrepreneur’s methodology for creating design-led businesses. Tickets to the talk are £8. Please let us know if you can attend, and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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KiteONE Launch

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER will launch KiteONE, a modular 3D-printed eyewear collection for London-based eyewear brand KITE. The collection comprises a 3D printed frame which is manufactured to the specific measurements of the customer’s head and face to create a bespoke, perfectly-fitted pair of frames. The eyewear can be further customised through a choice of four different temple styles, three different colours, and finishes. The KiteONE collection will launch in September at designjunction as part of London Design Festival 2018.

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Nolii collection launch

In the 12 months since the Nolii brand launched at Somerset House as part of London Design Festival 2017, the LAYER design team has taken the five products from the inaugural collection from prototype to production-ready. The full collection will be on display at designjunction in September as part of London Design Festival 2018. The team has overseen the creation of hundreds of functional prototypes and product samples, designed the brand’s packaging and created a new website. LAYER is also behind the brand’s art direction, and has creatively led and executed all product shoots, lifestyle shoots, and branding. The five products from Collection 001 – Couple, Set, Keep, Stack, and Bundle are now retail-ready and will go on sale at London Design Festival, both at the designjunction stand and through the Nolii online store and other partners.

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Rise wireless lamp launch

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER has designed Rise, a smart lamp prototype at Designjunction during London Design Festival. Rise is a smart lamp which blends the simplicity of wireless charging with sunrise-style wakeup routines to facilitate a more natural morning ritual. Wireless and wired charging capabilities allow you to keep multiple devices charged while you sleep. Light levels and routines can be controlled simply via the Nolii app.

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Axyl Award roll

Axyl has been on an awards roll, collecting nine accolades in as many months. The collection of recycled plastic and aluminum furniture designed by LAYER for British manufacturer Allermuir has won the Red Dot: Best of the Best award, Core77 Design Award, Azure’s AZ Awards: Best Furniture Design, a number of awards at Neocon, and Best Furniture at the Design Week Awards. We are extremely grateful to all the judges and the team at Allermuir for their belief in the project.

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Land Rover BORN Award

Nolii, the new lifestyle-led tech accessories brand co-founded by Benjamin Hubert and Asad Hamir, has won the Land Rover BORN Awards Technology category. This annual competition celebrates exceptional creative achievements in design. As part of the competition, Nolii exhibited in Milan Design Week in April. Nolii was born from the belief that technology should simplify and improve everyday life. The inaugural collection comprises five key products that form an intelligent ecosystem of accessories, all featuring intuitive functionality and a contemporary, minimal design language.

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