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Ikea's Space10 future-living space addresses urban living problems

Ikea's Space10 future-living s...
Space10 serves as an external innovation hub for Ikea
Space10 serves as an external innovation hub for Ikea
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Space10 serves as an external innovation hub for Ikea
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Space10 serves as an external innovation hub for Ikea
Space10 is located in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Space10 is located in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, Denmark
Space10 is situated within a former fish warehouse
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Space10 is situated within a former fish warehouse
The Space10 building had to be extensively refurbished
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The Space10 building had to be extensively refurbished
There are quirky aspects about Space10, but it is designed primarily to be practical
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There are quirky aspects about Space10, but it is designed primarily to be practical
Space10 is designed to be "beautifully designed, but also functional"
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Space10 is designed to be "beautifully designed, but also functional"
The Space10 building is designed to be conducive to creativity and innovation
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The Space10 building is designed to be conducive to creativity and innovation
Space10 is designed for flexibility, with this piece of furniture, for example, able to be folded up, the chairs hung on it and it able to be packed away
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Space10 is designed for flexibility, with this piece of furniture, for example, able to be folded up, the chairs hung on it and it able to be packed away
Space10 has spaces for reading, downtime and relaxing
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Space10 has spaces for reading, downtime and relaxing
Space10 has an earthy, rather than especially bright, color scheme
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Space10 has an earthy, rather than especially bright, color scheme
The Space10 building contains multiple functions
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The Space10 building contains multiple functions
Space10 has various spaces for meetings and discussion
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Space10 has various spaces for meetings and discussion
Space10 has a variety of breakout spaces, as well as spaces that offer alternatives to the typical sitting position
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Space10 has a variety of breakout spaces, as well as spaces that offer alternatives to the typical sitting position
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Ikea may be known for its furniture, but now it has its eyes set on bigger goals. Its new Space10 future-living space is aimed at making our lives better and more sustainable. It brings together designers, artists, technologists, makers and creatives to investigate major global challenges.

Ikea is, of course, no stranger to innovation. It has previously used augmented reality to show us what its furniture would look like in our homes and, more recently, began selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging functionality. Space10, however, takes a more active approach to driving innovation.

The space is supported and made possible by Inter Ikea Systems, which franchises out new Ikea stores around the world, but is run by innovation firm Rebel Agency. Located in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Space10 serves as an external innovation hub for Ikea, with the aims of providing inspiration, delivering fresh perspectives and uncovering new talents and ideas.

Space10 carries out the investigation of future urban living through a series of "labs." Each lab explores a major challenge that impacts people on a global scale, and can consist of talks, workshops, pitch nights, design residencies, exhibitions, collaborative projects and other approaches. As a result of each lab, potential solutions to the problem in hand are prototyped and presented.

Space10 is designed to be "beautifully designed, but also functional"
Space10 is designed to be "beautifully designed, but also functional"

The first lab, the "Fresh Living Lab," looks at how we can live smarter and healthier lives. Space10 explains that a small group of emerging talents were invited to create prototypes of everyday objects that could empower us in making better choices for ourselves or the environment. Among the prototypes created were a table that charges phones by turning heat into electricity, a chair that rewards users for exercising, and an art piece that reveals itself when energy consumption is decreased.

Space10 opened on Nov. 18 and the Fresh Living Lab is currently being exhibited.

The video below looks at how Space10 was designed.

Source: Space10

Designing Space10

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1 comment
Daishi
Ikea has a lot of good stuff for home org. I don't live near one but I'm up to 5 rooms done mostly in Ikea stuff. The combination of cube shelving with boxes and SKUBB containers has helped me tackle clutter in a lot of rooms. You can put a lot more stuff in boxes on shelves than on shelving alone and if you need to see what's in it for toys and stuff you just use plastic containers. All of the world's problems can be solved with taller shelves and boxes or totes.
Other things that have improved my quality of life is the rubbermaid fasttrack system in my garage that allowed me to move all the bicycles and tools to the walls and wire shelving racks for the basement to hold various boxes, totes, decorations etc.
I went on a massive home org kick a few years ago and it was worth every penny. I wish I would have done it sooner because I hate clutter.