Space10’s New Concept Shows How IKEA Furniture Could Evolve
Space10 and oio have partnered up with furniture giants IKEA to envision how the iconic flat pack furniture could evolve to create hybrid pieces. Updatables, a new project from the brands’ Everyday Experiments platform, imagines a new range of IKEA furniture that “would allow your furniture to tell you how to update it to fit your growing needs,” and suggest new updates to give it a longer shelf life (no pun intended.)
With the power of AI technology, users would scan the Updatables through the app to give the furniture a voice, enabling it to communicate and share its needs directly with you. Augmented Reality technology would then allow users to visualise a range of possible directions to take when updating it.
“Unfortunately, many objects today are more easily disposed of and replaced than upgraded or downcycled. We feel Updatables can help inspire people to reduce this waste by giving objects a renewed purpose,” said Matteo Loglio, co-founder of oio, in a press release. “By also giving agency to the object, it can share its point of view and unlock a new relationship with us—one where nurturing it can allow it to become something else and grow with us.”
Updatables aims to minimize waste and give old and tired furniture a new lease of life with fresh new designs that will serve as eye-catching multi-use pieces. Additionally, the reimagined furniture is ideal for small spaces—a neglected armchair might ask for additional storage or a reading lamp to encourage you to sit down with a book more often, or a coffee table may want overhead lighting and built-in shelving.
Everyday Experiments is a continuously growing and evolving project, showcasing the newest technological and innovative design experiments aimed to spark new ways of looking and thinking about the spaces we live in. For more information, visit everydayexperiments.com.