Image credit: Space 10 / Alone Vibe
When you’re fully focused on this year’s numbers and next year’s launches, how do you make time and space to work out how people will be living ten years from now? For IKEA, Space 10 is the answer.
Located in Copenhagen’s fashionable meatpacking district, Space 10 is an invitation from IKEA to progressive thinkers to explore and imagine the future of urban living – free from the shackles of IKEA HQ. The innovation lab is fully funded by IKEA but run day-to-day by Rebel Agency, a Danish design firm.
As explained here by Co.Design, each sub-themed lab lasts three months. During each lab, a dozen or so designers from around the world are invited to give talks, explore concepts, and prototype ideas.
Ideas have included the wonderful grow room – pictured above – a spherical urban farm that enables people to grow their own food right on their doorstep. IKEA/Space 10 have open-sourced the design meaning anyone can download the cutting files and produce their own grow room locally. Space 10-prototyped designs won’t necessarily be commercialised in the near future, but IKEA’s hope is that they’ll bring the company a rich stream of insights and ideas that’ll help the company live its mission in the 2030s.
Read more: Space 10 website