Ikea is launching a new robotic furniture system called Rognan, made in collaboration with American furniture startupOri Living. It would be the robotic bedroom of the future, coming in 2020 to the small apartments of Hong Kong and Japan. But the company plans on expanding the business around the globe. The robotic furniture will convert from a storage and seating unit into a bed and closet.
“We have been working with developing small space living solutions for a long time, and we know that some of the biggest challenges in peoples’ homes are storage and finding the place to do all the activities that you’d want to do in your home,” said Seana Strawn, product developer for new innovations at IKEA of Sweden, in a statement. “This is especially the case in big cities where people have to make compromises in the functions of their homes. We wanted to change that.”
The furniture is specifically designed to utilize the space inside the home more efficiently. Because the housing units become smaller to accommodate the 1.5 million people who move to an urban area somewhere in the world every week. The large storage unit is controlled by a touchpad, can slide across a room to divide, plus contains a bed, desk, and a couch for people to pull out when needed.
Ikea and Ori living has been under the talks for the past two years and now the launching of the robotic furniture is the first constructive step towards their collaboration.
According to Ori Living chief executive Hasier Larrea: “People across the US have been living large in a small footprint with Ori’s robotic interiors since we introduced our first commercial product two years ago. At about the same time, we began working with IKEA to bring robotic furniture to the world, “We share IKEA’s passion to enable people to make the most of their living spaces, and look forward to helping realize this as we continue to develop living spaces for the next generation.”
Rognan is manufactured on Ori robotic platform and works with Ikea’s Platsa line of storage furniture. The furniture is also compatible with Ikea’s Tradfri line of cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting. Ikea claims that Rognan can save an extra eight square meter of living space, it probably not sound much but if you live in a small home, it could make a difference.