This is Big Big news and we can’t be any less excited. In a press release from IKEA, they have partnered with Ori Living, a robotics furniture start up to revolutionize and maximize how we live in small spaces. And guess what? Ikea’s Robotic Furniture is coming to Hong Kong in 2020.

IKEA has been uping their game when it comes to solutions for small spaces. We were recently impressed with their PLATSA modular wardrobe system and their Tradfri smart lighting. We’ve also been following Ori Living for a while and had always wondered how they would work in Hong Kong. So, when they partnered up, for us-it’s like when star players join the same team.

Can you see how excited we are? Here is some information IKEA has released about what’s to come.

Moving Walls with a Touch of a Button

ROGNAN is built on Ori’s robotic platform with system thinking in mind, working with the IKEA storage solution PLATSA as a standard geometry. This means that people can easily change the function and look of ROGNAN, or move PLATSA to another place if that’s needed, being more conscious and less wasteful of what you buy by prolonging the life of the product and letting the product adapt to your life changes. ROGNAN also works with TRÅDFRI cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.

I also felt like Seana Strawn, Product developer for new innovations at IKEA of Sweden, was truly addressing a lot of us Hong Kong residents when she mentioned,

“With ROGNAN, small space living customers will no longer have to compromise their needs, dreams or comfort in order to achieve a multi-functional living environment. With ROGNAN the customer gets eight extra square meters of living space, using robotics to transform the solution from bedroom to walk-in closet, to work space, to living room. An all-in-one solution activated through a simple interface touch-pad.”

ROGAN IKEA robotic furniture

Instead of making the furniture smaller, we transform the furniture to the function that  you need at that time. When you sleep, you do not need your sofa. When you use your wardrobe, you do not need your bed etc.

Based on Research and DATA

The form, function and price of ROGNAN is based on the needs of an urban, extreme small-space living consumer; determined through home visits, data and expertise in the IKEA retail markets of Hong Kong and Japan.

It will be interesting to see where the price point is going to be. Many Hong Kongers, have yet to fully embrace Murhpy beds because they think it’s hassle to open and are expensive. Clearly, IKEA did a lot of research to consider launching ROGNAN here and Japan first. With IKEA’s  meticulous supply chain, and Ori Living’s robotic ingenuity, ROGNAN might be able to change Hong Konger’s minds? We think it will, all because moving walls will be as easy as pressing a button!

You can bet we’ll be covering this closely as it edges closer to coming to Hong Kong. Let us know what you all think. Leave a comment below. What are some key things you’ll consider when purchasing ROGNAN from IKEA?

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