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IKEA Democratic Design Days 2019 announces the latest collections and collaborations

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Democratic Design Days, the latest annual event of IKEA, was held in early June this year. The various design teams, brand representatives, and collaborative partners joined to share their results from last year’s effort with hundreds of media from around the world at the two-day conference in Älmhult, Sweden, the birthplace of the IKEA.http://www.stevecafeandcuisine.com/

Sustainable and circular living, healthy living, small space/ urban living and creating home are the four important pillars for Democratic Design Daysf 2019. The ROGNAN and RÅVOROR collections tickle on the difficulties of small living spaces in Hong Kong and how to improve people’s living. On top of these and other collaborations, IKEA pledges to produce ALL IKEA products in a circular way by 2030, implying the use of renewable or recycled materials, to produce products designed to be repurposed, repaired, reused resold or recycled.

ROGNAN and RÅVAROR Collections ease the small space living problems

IKEA collaborates with Ori, an American startup, to develop robotic furniture for modern homes.With ROGNAN as a high-technology robotic furniture solution for small space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home and will create additional 80sq ft space. More and more people are living in and moving to cities, with an estimated 1.5 million extra people joining the urban population every week. RÅVAROR is a new, tailored collection for people living in an urban city lifestyle like in Hong Kong. With RÅVAROR, IKEA wants to create a few key items that have a new level of versatility, functionality and simplicity. The upcoming collection will include 20 products, such as daybed sofa, tables, mini kitchen, open storage solutions on castors, storage boxes, textile and lighting. Both collections will be available in Hong Kong in 2020.

IKEA showcases different collections to address various needs from home

IKEA strives to create a better and healthier living for the many people. OMTÄNKSAM, a range developed in collaboration with ergonomists, physiotherapists and researchers, is helping people overcome obstacles that make it difficult to enjoy an independent life by adding extra comfort and functionality. The first OMTÄNKSAM products were launched in 2017 and have lots of hidden features to add comfort, function and safety at home. The 2019 range has added further beauty with the principles of ergonomics to make the products more comfortable and more functional towards the needs of the users. You will see these products in IKEA Hong Kong stores in May 2020.

With its passion to serve the best quality foods that are healthy for people and the environment, IKEA explores alternate plant-based protein food sources to ensure a sustainable future as current meat production may not keep up with demands. The plant-based meatball is one step on this longer journey. The new meatball is made from plant-based alternative proteins, and the ingredients include amongst others pea protein and pea starch, potato flakes, oats and apple. The ambition is that it should be just as tasty as the meat variant. Additionally, this spring IKEA released a plant-based

strawberry soft ice in selected markets. The long-term ambition is to also offer plant-based soft ice in different flavours. The products will be available in Hong Kong by 2020. Furthermore, IKEA has teamed up with Claus Meyer, a world-known culinary entrepreneur and founder of the New Nordic Cuisine, promoting simplicity, freshness, seasonality and sustainability in food. The co-founder of the renowned restaurant Noma, Claus Meyer, and his team will support in creating an inclusive andforward-thinking food experience that looks at the needs of both people and our planet.

Together with SONOS, the pioneer of wireless audio, IKEA journeys to smarter home solutions to people that are living in the urban area a quality home with the SYMFONISK collection. The SYMFONISK range includes a multifunctional book-shelf speaker and a table lamp speaker at an affordable price. You can set the mood of the house through the TRÅDFRI app and SYMFONISK sound remote which will be available during fall 2019 in selected markets. The design of these products will reduce wire cluttering at home without compromising on the quality of sound SONOS is known for.

KEA hasn’t restricted their innovations and constant pursuit to meet the growing demands of their customers to within the four pillars. IKEA wants to support the many people and have therefore announced further exciting projects, collaborations and collections.

UPPKOPPLA

Teaming up with UNYQ, a design company offering customized 3D-printed medical wearables and Area Academy, well-renowned for their educational structures, program and courses within e-sports, IKEA wants to initially improve life for gamers at home. The first prototypes from UPPKOPPLA are a wristband, keycaps and a mouse “bungee” to improve gaming precision. The prototypes and an app that captures the biometrics were presented at Democratic Design Days. UPPKOPPLA is planned to be on sale starting from 2020.

SAMMANKOPPLA

IKEA teams up with the fashionable Thai brand Greyhound to bring SAMMANKOPPLA, a collection initiating the exploration of the possibility of small space living with an Asian touch.  The collection is acknowledging contemporary Thai attitudes and

lifestyles, and their flexible ways that are well suited towards making the most of small spaces in modern urban living.”, says Bhanu Inkawat, the Founder and Creative Director at Greyhound Original Bangkok. The SAMMANKOPPLA collection will be available in the stores in August 2020.

SAMMANLÄNKAD

 IKEA partners with Little Sun, a global project and social business founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, to bring sustainable, reliable, and affordable light and energy solutions with the purpose of reducing dependency on unreliable public infrastructure. IKEA and Little Sun have been developing solar panels that can be attached to windows, charging docks and lights but can also provide solutions for active outdoor life. The first products that can harvest the sun and connect people to live in a more sustainable way are to be released in 2021 in all IKEA markets.

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