For years people have been playing DIY with IKEA furniture and then releasing the specs on how to make modifications to their classic designs to better suit your needs. Never a company to shy away from trends, the Swedish furniture champs are getting into the hack game themselves.
IKEA’s first foray into this world comes in the form of a modifiable, flat pack sofa that will change with the times and be adaptable as possible. They are calling it the Delaktig sofa (meaning “participating”), tand it is a collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon and students from London’s Royal College of Art. The sofa is expected to hit stores as early as nest year and is being priced at between USD $399 and $899.
Made out of light, recycled extruded aluminum, it will come ready with bolt holes to be used for a number of options from third party designers like side tables, lamps, charging stations and even baby gear like sleepers.
The goal is to push the company in a new direction for a new era and a new kind of shopper. They want to be seen as way more of a tech company than a furniture company. Their creative director Marcus Engman said the following recently when discussing the future of IKEA:
“Open-source thinking is one of the things that I believe will affect a lot of the way we do things. When we look at mass production and what’s ‘good,’ the measurements of quality are set by engineers. It’s very much that everything should be exactly the same. But what if that’s not the goal? Is [an experiment] ‘wrong’ but in the right way? That’s how the software industry works and how they develop.”