IKEA to launch robotic furniture for tiny homes

The future of minimalist living is here.

IKEA has announced that they are working on a robotic furniture system which will be launched in Japan and Hong Kong in 2020.

The new technology means that with the simple push of a button a living space can be transformed into two separate areas, and furniture - such as a bed or couch - can be neatly packed away when they aren't being used.

The system – called ROGNAN – has been developed in conjunction with American furniture start-up company, Ori Living with the aim of turning small spaces into smart spaces.

“Instead of making the furniture smaller, we transform the furniture to the function that you need at that time,” Ikea product developer Seana Strawn said.

“When you sleep, you do not need your sofa. When you use your wardrobe, you do not need your bed.”

Controlled by a touch-pad, the system consists of a large storage unit that can slide across a room creating two living spaces and contains a bed, desk and couch that can be slid out as needed.

Designed with maximising space in mind - particularly for those who live in urban areas - the system can save an extra eight square metres in a space.

While this may not sound like much of a sapce saving, it’s a great deal when you live in a tiny home.

ROGNAN can be used with IKEA’s popular Platsa range of storage furniture and is compatible their Tradfri line of cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.

So how much does this space-saving system cost? This will be determined through home visits, data and expertise in the IKEA retail markets of Hong Kong and Japan. Stay tuned!

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