24 exciting new Ikea launches you need to know about

From robotic furniture to no-meat meatballs...

Ikea Democratic Design Days 2019
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Ikea's Democratic Design Day is the retailer's yearly global press event giving a behind the scenes look into Ikea's newest product developments. Held this week in Älmhult, Sweden – the very heart of Ikea – the Swedish furniture giant shared new products, prototypes and collaborations, with announcements on everything from alternative meatballs to robotic furniture.

Fancy finding out what new furniture lines will be coming to your local Ikea store? And getting a sneak peek at all the innovative new collections scheduled for release in the very near future? We've rounded up all the announcements right here for you...

But first, why is Democratic Design Day a big deal?

This is one of the biggest events in the Ikea calendar as it's when the retailer shares new products, prototypes and announcements within fields such as design, art, sustainability, health, food, and more.

Some of the collections are due out in the coming year, and others are a few years away, but it's a chance for Ikea to share all of the innovative new projects they've been working on.

Every Ikea product should meet the five dimensions of Democratic design, which steers everything the retailer does.

'To develop a product without any boundaries is much easier than to develop a product that delivers on both form, function, sustainability and quality and at a price level people can afford,' says Ikea.

This is essentially what Ikea calls the five dimensions of Democratic Design, from the Ikea perspective that everyone has the right to a better everyday life.

Take a look at all the exciting new projects Ikea has been working on...

1. OMTÄNKSAM will give a helping hand
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The OMTÄNKSAM collection aims to add comfort, function and safety in all areas of the home.

'About 15 per cent of the world’s population live with some form of disability,' begins Ikea. 'With the OMTÄNKSAM range – developed in collaboration with ergonomists, physiotherapists and researchers – Ikea is helping people overcome obstacles that make it difficult to enjoy an independent life by adding extra comfort and functionality.'

Ikea is catering to the functional needs of its customers by developing products for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

With a global launch planned for May 2020, Ikea says the collection is all the more important because 'hardly any other company in the home furnishing business is addressing these issues'.

2. Ikea's sustainable no-meat protein meatball
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Ikea is developing a new plant-based protein version of its iconic Swedish meatball, 'with the ambition to make it just as (or even more) famous as the meaty one'.

Ikea wants to do its shared part to offer healthier, tasty and more sustainable food choices, and the plant-based meatball is one step on this longer journey.

The plant-based no-meat meatball will be the fifth member of the Ikea meatball family: the iconic meatball has been on the menu at Ikea since 1985. In 2015 the veggie ball and the chicken meatball were introduced, and last year the salmon and cod ball was added.

A first prototype has been revealed and the plant-based alternative meatball will be tested on selected markets in February 2020. It's due to go on sale by August 2020.

3. RÖRLIGHET - Ikea x Adidas explore at-home workouts
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The Ikea x Adidas partnership was announced last year – but now we get to find out exactly what the collaboration involves. The two brands are partnering up on a joint design research project, providing new products and smart solutions that enable healthy habits at home.

Understanding that the gym is not always an option for everyone due to time, financial or other lifestyle factors, a series of focus groups were held in New York, Chicago, Shanghai and London to understand people's experience and frustrations associated with exercising at home.

Adidas and Ikea will now focus on solutions to the frustrations people experience, with the first products from the collaboration expected to be presented in 2021.

Pictured: Sarah Fager, Ikea designer and Michael Bui, Senior Design Director adidas

4. New rice straw collection
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FÖRÄNDRING is a collection based on rice straw, and part of a long-term ambition is to create a model for how to reduce air pollution in other crop burning regions of the world.

The burning of rice straws is a residue from harvesting rice that widely aggravates pollution and smog. But Ikea aims to show how rice straws can instead become a new renewable material source for Ikea products.

This collection is the result of the ‘Better Air Now’ initiative, launched in 2018, which aims to take action on a global environmental issue by turning rice straws into raw material.

'FÖRÄNDRING is a collection in the shades of black and blue. It illustrates the present situation with smog and air pollution, and the hopes for a more optimistic future with crisp and clear blue sky,' says Iina Vuorivirta, Ikea designer.

FÖRÄNDRING will be sold during autumn 2019 in selected Ikea markets.

5. RÅVAROR for urban, mobile spaces
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Designed for the realities of urban life, RÅVAROR is a collection of items that quickly turns small spaces into smart spaces with the convenience and comfort of home.

'Our starting point and creative idea was the reality of urban life. We asked ourselves; what is needed to turn a small space, such as 12 square metres, into a home? And what is needed to create that homely feeling even though you might be moving on to a new place soon?,' says Viveca Olsson, Creative leader, Ikea of Sweden.

The collection will include 20 products – such as a daybed and sofa, tables, mini kitchen, open storage solutions on castors, storage boxes, textiles and lighting – all designed with optimisation of space in mind, as well as flexibility and the ability to easily move.

The RÅVAROR collection will be available globally from September 2020.

6. Ikea and Solange Knowles' Saint Heron = GÅTFULL
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GÅTFULL is the collaboration between Ikea and Saint Heron, the creative collective founded by Solange Knowles.

The collection explores how inspiration from music, arts, fashion, urban culture, architecture, sounds and aesthetics can come alive and be combined with functional home design.

'The philosophy behind the GÅTFULL collection explores time, space, light and matter and will result in a new series of design objects that not only fulfil a functional value at home but also can be seen as precious objects in themselves,' Ikea reveals.

GÅTFULL will debut in 2021.

7. A new family of dressers with updated stability features
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GLESVÄR is a new family of dressers/chests of drawers coming to Ikea with safety features designed to decrease one of the furnishing industry’s most serious safety issues – furniture tip overs.

These new chests of drawers will have stability features such as interlock with an unlock function or forced wall attachment.

The GLESVÄR interlock with unlock function only allows you to open one drawer at the time, until it is attached to the wall. Then the interlock function unlocks and all drawers can be open simultaneously. The unit will also be sold with a forced wall attachment feature that prevents you from opening any of the drawers until it is attached to the wall. The third solution is a two-legged chest of drawers that needs to be secured to the wall to stand upright.

GLESVÄR will go on sale from October 2019 in Germany and the UK, and from December 2019 in the US. More markets will follow in 2020.

8. Robotic furniture for small space living
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As cities boom and living spaces shrink, Ikea is exploring flexible and innovative solutions that empower people to have big dreams for small homes, including ROGNAN robotic furniture developed in collaboration with Ori, an American startup that has developed robotic furniture for modern living.

ROGNAN will enable people to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home, for example, transforming a bedroom to a walk-in closet, to a work space, to a living room.

The form, function and price of ROGNAN is based on the needs of an urban, extreme, small-space living consumer. The first launch of ROGNAN will be in Hong Kong and Japan during 2020.

9. Ikea uses ocean plastic in new products
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The MUSSELBLOMMA collection is made of recycled plastic, partly collected by Spanish fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea.

The products – a bag, two cushion covers and a tablecloth – are designed by Spanish designer Inma Bermúdez, with inspiration from the ocean. The polyester fabric used is made from recycled plastic, including PET plastic waste caught in nets.

For every kilo of PET plastic waste that can be used to make the polyester fabric, another nine kilo of waste like other plastics, metal, rubber, glass and other materials is also taken out of the ocean.

'I am very happy and proud to be part of this project. We want to help people to be conscious about the problem of the big amount of plastic waste in our oceans. It is a must that we all take responsibility, every day,' says Inma Bermúdez.

Launching in autumn, MUSSELBLOMMA will hit Ikea stores in Italy and Spain. There will be a staggered launch during the coming year

10. Better Living by Ikea and Ikano Bostad
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Having the same founder (the late Ingvar Kamprad), Ikano Bostad and Ikea also share the same heritage and value, and with this new project are exploring and developing solutions for the future home, including ways to create more inclusive, diverse, sustainable and affordable living.

The Better Living project will explore:

• A prototype of a new type of apartment 1:1, aimed to simplify sharing for different kind of families.

• A methodology of city planning with a people-centric approach, to create better living in neighbourhoods.

• Different products and home furnishing solutions for small space and shared living, sustainable and affordable for the many people.

Pictured: Better Living apartment prototype.

11. The Urban Village Project by SPACE10
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Ikea is also exploring future living in growing urban communities with SPACE10.

The Urban Villages Project wants to spark conversations about how we design, build, finance and share our future homes, neighbourhoods and cities, whilst tackling some of the urgent challenges we face, with cities becoming increasingly unsustainable, unaffordable and socially unequal.

The Urban Village Project combines:

• Cross-generational shared living communities for those in cities, with flexible, high quality homes connected to a variety of curated services and facilities.

• A lower entry point into the housing market by rethinking the design and finance of homes, and introduces new subscription-based models offering the added opportunity to earn equity in where you live.

• An adaptable building system connected to a circular business model, ensuring a more sustainable and CO2-reducing construction method to the management and life cycle of buildings.

Pictured: Interior social hub Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10.

12. Exploring pattern and colour with Zandra Rhodes
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Ikea is teaming up with British designer Zandra Rhodes to explore pattern and colour in the home.

The intention of this collaboration is to see what happens when colourful fashion prints, inspired by local pattern cultures from across the globe, are put into the home context.

'At Ikea we are curious to deep dive into what makes a home feel like your home. And we know that patterns and colour add fun, energy, mood, atmosphere and personality to a space. Therefore we want to explore how to make textile prints and patterns more contemporary and connected to local cultures. And who better to do this together with, than the experienced, ultra-creative fashion designer Zandra Rhodes?,' says Nils Larsson, Creative Leader at Ikea Range and Supply.

13. UPPKOPPLA is for the gamers
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The UPPKOPPLA collection is a series of products designed to change the gaming experience and the surrounding life at home.

Already more than two billion people and the group of gamers is growing globally, yet it’s surprisingly overlooked in terms of furniture design, customisation and accessibility.

This collaboration with Ikea, UNYQ and Area Academy, will include a series of home products such as customised gaming accessories, desk supports, keycaps and a mouse 'bungee' to improve gaming precision.

UPPKOPPLA is scheduled to be on sale from 2020.

14. Working with surfers to ride a wave of sustainability
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In a new collaboration with the World Surf League, Ikea is diving into life around the water, connecting sustainability with an active life and mobile living.

With more than 40 million active surfers, no sport relies on the ocean as much as surfing, which is why sustainability and protecting the ocean are naturally important to surfers.

For this project, Ikea will raise awareness about the climate challenge and inspire action to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. There will also be a jointly designed surf-centric range of products, using recovered ocean-bound plastic where possible.

15. Recycled polyester pledge
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Ikea aims to replace all virgin polyester textile products with recycled polyester by 2020, as one step on the way towards becoming a circular business.

With plastic and textiles ending up in oceans and landfills, Ikea hopes that by switching from virgin polyester to recycled, the retailer will contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, decreasing pollution of landfills and oceans and using fewer resources by turning waste into products.

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16. Sustainable growing at home from Tom Dixon
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A continuation of the Ikea x Tom Dixon collaboration, and following a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, this partnership will see new products designed to facilitate urban farming, both inside and outside our homes.

It aims to show how growing your own plants and vegetables can be an inspiring way towards healthier and more sustainable food habits, whilst boosting a stronger interest for cultivation and creating curiosity among people, and children in particular, about where the food we eat comes from.

Ikea says the new smart products 'need to be easy to move around, put into corners, stackable and take up minimum amount of space'.

The first products will launch globally at Ikea stores in 2021.

17. Scents with OSYNLIG
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With the OSYNLIG collection, Ikea, together with the fragrance company Byredo, explore invisible design and how to add scents in our homes.

The collection is supported by Ikea's Life at Home research, which reveals that smell is the sense with the most powerful influence on memory, mood and emotion.

'We believe there is at least one scent for everyone, and to really make it inclusive for the many people we now have a concept of 13 scents divided into three bases – floral, woody and fresh,' reveals Ikea. 'With such a wide selection we hope there is a scent for everyone all over the world. We know what important role scents play in our homes and therefore we want to democratise scent and make it affordable at a low price.

'You may fall in love with one of the scents or co-create something new when you let them blend together. Because there is no right or wrong when it comes to scents, it's personal and unique.'

The OSYNLIG collection will be launched in August 2020.

Pictured: On the factory floor for Ikea OSYNLIG collection/

18. More from Sonos
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SYMFONISK is the well-documented Ikea x Sonos collaboration with a bookshelf and table lamp speakers.

The lamp, designed to make it possible to furnish with sound, is as versatile as the bookshelf speaker.

'Creating atmosphere and convenience are central in the creation of the Ikea Home smart concept, and the SYMFONISK range are designed with that in mind. Ikea is always looking for ideas that improve life at home. By integrating technology with home furnishing products and solutions we can do that in an even better way,' says Björn Block, Business Leader for Ikea Home smart at Ikea of Sweden.

SYMFONISK will be on sale from August 2019.

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19. SAMMANLÄNKAD is solar gadgets for everyday use
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SAMMANLÄNKAD is a series of new products, created through a collaboration between Ikea and the social business, Little Sun, focusing on how renewable energy can contribute to a sustainable and independent life.

The brands have been developing solar panels that can be attached and connected to windows, charging docks and lights but can also provide solutions for an active outdoor life.

'Energy is vital in life today, but still many people have no grid at all or a broken grid. We want to find smart solutions for them as well as for people that have access but want to reduce their energy consumption to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle,' says James Futcher, creative leader at Ikea of Sweden.

The first products are to be released in 2021 in all Ikea markets.

20. Small space living collection influenced by Asia
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Influenced by Asia, the SAMMANKOPPLA collection with fashion and food company Greyhound Original Bangkok, explores small space living and multi-functionality with an open, problem-solving mindset.

'At Ikea the curiosity about other cultures and perspectives on life at home has led us to explore how we can make the everyday life better,' explains Ikea.

'Small spaces, tight budgets but still with a wish to express yourself through unique objects and expressive design is a common challenge all over the world. This time we went to Asia, where recycling, reusing, and creative re-purposing is a new awareness to make consciousness a part of the everyday life.'

The SAMMANKOPPLA collection will be available in store 2020.

21. Ikea to improve food experience
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Ikea and world-known culinary entrepreneur and founder of the New Nordic Cuisine, Claus Meyer, are teaming up to take food and 'a modern taste of Sweden' to the next level within Ikea.

The collaboration is true to the Ikea vision of creating a better (and tastier) everyday life for the many people.

'Ikea Food has engaged Claus Meyer and his team to support in creating an inclusive and forward-thinking food experience that looks at the needs of both people and our planet,' explains the retailer.

Pictured: Claus Meyer and Michael La Cour, Managing Director Ikea Food Services AB

22. Ikea Art Event 2021
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The next Ikea Art Event will see six multidisciplinary artists from around the world set out on the journey to explore the sweet spot between art and functional objects.

The end result will be a new generation of home accessories, focusing on uniqueness, meaningfulness and strong artistic signatures.

Launching in 2021, Ikea wants to offer objects that fuse art and design, that people can relate to and feel emotionally attached to.

The contemporary artists working with Ikea for this next project will be: Sabine Marcelis, Daniel Arsham, Humans since 1982, Stefan Marx, Maroussia Rebecq and Gelchop.

23. Teaming up with H&M to spin better textiles with wood pulp
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One way Ikea can provide textiles with good sustainability and at an attractive cost is to spin wood pulp into textile fibres.

'At Ikea we love cotton, but we also know that alternatives need to be implemented in the range,' says the retailer. 'Cotton production will not be able to meet the world’s demand for fibre in the future.'

To reduce the dependency on cotton and fossil based fibres, and to push the development of future alternative fibres, Ikea, together with H&M group and innovator Lars Stigsson, created the joint venture TreeToTextile in 2014.

The process of TreeToTextile takes renewable forest raw material and regenerates the cellulose into a textile fibre by spinning the wood pulp. This process uses less chemicals, allowing for a much more sustainable and cost-efficient process compared to conventional technologies and fibres.

Pictured: Product made of the material TreeToTextile.

24. Ikea and LEGO Group introduce BYGGLEK
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BYGGLEK is the result of the Ikea and LEGO Group collaboration, which was first announced last year.

'There’s a conflict between how grown-ups look at organising and how children look at the creative play,' begins Rasmus Buch Løgstrup, designer at LEGO Group. 'Every grown-up has stepped on a Lego brick at night time. But organising LEGO bricks the grown-up way also means ending the play sometimes.'

Playing is crucial for the wellbeing of both adults and children, so this partnership aims to explore and develop solutions to stimulate play all around the home.

The first BYGGLEK products are expected to go on sale during 2020.

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