Ikea breathed new life into home furnishing with their stylish and affordable flat-pack furniture. Now, the Swedish interiors giant is reimagining the future of home life with conceptual explorations and new offerings.
As part of the brand’s endeavor to design the future of living spaces, Ikea collaborated with London’s Design Museum to present Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow, an exhibition exploring the elements that determine how we move through and interact with living spaces. It tracks a journey through the 20th and 21st centuries where architecture, technology and daily habits have become increasingly intertwined. Prominent themes in the exhibition include smart living, transient living and multi-functional living, which are explored through conceptual artworks and projects from the last hundred years.
By looking to the past for answers about tomorrow’s future, Home Futures uncovers the fluctuating needs of individuals that have driven innovation in living space from brands like Ikea. The rise in new family units compared to the traditional nuclear family and transient living as opposed to conventional home owning means that the needs of homes are changing. As a result, the concept of ‘home’ is in flux – and Ikea hopes to help redefine it.