Tell us more about SPACE10 – what do you do?
"We’re a research and design lab, dedicated to creating better and more sustainable ways of living - with and for the IKEA brand. Major societal challenges, such as urbanisation, resource scarcity, climate change, food security or loneliness provide the basis for our research. In collaboration with experts and trailblazers from around the world, we examine possible solutions to these challenges. We prototype, test, and try to turn good ideas into meaningful products or services."
Why does the IKEA business use SPACE10?
“The short answer is that we provide additional innovation capacity. But in reality, we do much more than that. The IKEA companies are deeply committed to sustainability, and has always been innovative, but even the IKEA business can benefit from a new perspective sometimes. As an external and independent research and design lab, we give them that. We have the freedom to pursue radical solutions which help prepare the IKEA business for future challenges, so it can continue creating ‘a better everyday life for the many people’.”
Even the IKEA business can benefit from a new perspective sometimes.
What projects are you working with now that you feel particularly excited about?
"There are so many! SolarVille is one. Developed in collaboration with external partners, this Playful Research project has the bold ambition of democratising power supplies and empowering local communities. In SolarVille, solar panel installations are combined with a platform that lets households trade energy with one another according to their individual needs. Could this model provide the answer to our world’s energy needs?
Another is Future Food Today, our first cookbook. It’s a collection of recipes we’ve perfected in our test kitchen. Sustainable dishes that help us eat better, with respect for our bodies and the planet. At once aspirational and practical, we hope Future Food Today inspires everyone to take action through their food choices."
We hope Future Food Today inspires everyone to take action through their food choices.
SPACE10’s work falls into three categories:
Research: Exploring the bigger changes expected to affect people in the coming decades and trying to identify opportunities for a better everyday life.
Design: Acting upon identified opportunities to create better and more sustainable ways of living. Embracing a holistic mindset, we aim to design solutions for people and planet.
Culture: Connecting with people from around the world to exchange ideas, spark discussions and to empower people to drive positive change.