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Ikea is going to sell robotic furniture to maximize space for city dwellers

Ikea's robotic furniture system Rognan
Ikea's robotic furniture system Rognan
Ikea's robotic furniture system RognanIkea

It can morph into a bed, couch, desk, or wardrobe, depending on which setting you choose.

The idea: The large storage system slides across a room, transforming into different pieces of furniture depending on which you need to use at that moment. It’s controlled by a touch pad and is designed to let people in cities make the most of the space in their apartments. At its full extent, it takes up 3 by 3.5 meters of space. It’s Ikea, so of course it has a fun name: Rognan (that’s a small village in Norway, if you’re interested). It was developed through a partnership with Ori Living, a US robotic furniture startup.

Can I get one? Not yet. It’ll launch in Hong Kong and Japan (where inner-city apartments are famously bijou) in 2020. And Ikea has yet to tell us how much it will cost.

The big picture: Cities are booming. At least 1.5 million people move to a city somewhere in the world every single week, and living spaces are shrinking to pack them all in. Ikea’s betting on a rapidly growing market.

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