Copenhagen – Ikea has launched Space 10, a research hub and exhibition space designed to examine the future of its products.
For its first project, Fresh Living, Ikea invited 12 designers from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design to create products that improve health and wellbeing in urban areas and reduce energy consumption. The results are on display at Space 10 among existing Ikea products.
The Heat Harvest concept converts thermal energy given off by devices, from coffee cups to laptops, into electricity, while the smART wall hanging loses colour to alert homeowners to their use of water and electricity.
‘Whether or not the solutions are immediately relevant to our current business is not important. What matters is to look into new directions and be ready to make changes,’ says Göran Nilsson, concept innovation manager at Ikea.