The Future, by IKEA.
IKEA isn’t the first name that springs to mind when we think about creative spaces and forward-thinking design types, but the Swedish brand has infiltrated all of our lives, even the most ardent of design purists. In a move that is surprising but still makes perfect sense, the Swedish furniture giant is the force behind SPACE10, a “future-living lab” that has opened its doors in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district.
SPACE10 is set up entirely independently, its aim to explore the future of urban living through a series of labs, each tackling a different challenge that impacts how we live and exploring possible solutions through a series of talks, workshops, design residencies, exhibitions and projects. The ever-expanding network of creatives, who have adopted SPACE10 as a collaborative workspace, meet and exchange ideas, creating designs and prototypes with the overall goal of creating a better, more sustainable way of living in the future.
In the inconspicuous box-shaped building sits in a former fish market right in the centre of the meatpacking district that, much like its namesake in New York, has received an influx of new businesses as the meat industry moves out. Butchers now share customers with restaurants, bars, galleries, design agencies and vintage clothing stores. The team there has created a series of conceptual products that aim to improve working and living environments, health and wellbeing, energy consumption and environmental impact. Prototypes are displayed in SPACE10’s “gallery” of living spaces, with standard IKEA products (some prototypes themselves, put there to gain feedback before making their way to the big blue and yellow shed) placed around in the midst.
Designers, creatives and specialists are given the opportunity and the backing to explore their ideas, collaborating with the diverse community on projects and using SPACE10 as a platform to deliver their unique visions to the public who are welcomed into the bright space, to take in one of the many exhibitions and events, or to see how they might become involved in the project.
Photo Credit: Alastair Philip Wiper
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