Swedish furniture maker IKEA is partnering with an American startup to create a line of robotic furniture. The new line is designed to turn a room into a modular and adaptable living area. According to the company announcement, the robotic furniture “transforms small spaces into comfortable, multifunctional homes.”
The company has named the new line the ROGNAN lineup. It’s named after a small village in Norway. The furniture line was developed through a partnership with Ori Living. Because the whole system is built on Ori’s robotic platform, it will also be compatible with the company’s Platsa line of storage furniture and the Tradfri line of smart lighting tools.
The ROGNAN lineup currently includes an all-in-one couch-wardrobe-desk-combination that can hide a bed beneath to save space. The storage system is controlled by a touch pad and button-operated wheels allow the system to roll back and forth easily. IKEA says that the furniture will allow people to “create their dream homes in small spaces.” According to the announcement, it can fit in a space of roughly 115 square feet (10 square meters).
The ROGNAN robotic furniture will go on sale at IKEA stores next year. It’ll launch in Hong Kong and Japan in 2020, but further release dates have not yet been announced. IKEA has not yet released the price of the storage system, but did say that more information and details on the new designs will be available later this summer.
The furniture maker has been announcing new and innovative products recently, pushing the boundaries of furniture design. It has been specially focused on designing compact furniture for those who live in apartments. Many apartment dwellers in cities are operating with a limited number of square feet. At least 1.5 million people move to a city somewhere in the world every single week and the United Nation estimates that nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2050.