IKEA launches research hub and exhibition space in Copenhagen

The Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has opened its first future-living laboratory and exhibition space in the heart of Copenhagen. The goal is to get inspired, gain fresh perspectives and discover new talents.

By bringing together a growing community of visionary designers, artists, technologists, markers and creatives from around the world to create products for a better and more sustainable everyday life, IKEA’s Space10 will serve as a hub for innovation.

The mission is to investigate the future of urban living through a series of labs, which each involves workshops, pitch nights, design residencies, exhibitions, and collaborative projects.

The first Space10 exhibition focuses on the “Fresh Living Lab” – a collection of projects and public events to inspire us to live smarter and healthier lives. Twelve designers from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design are behind this showcase that comprises six different prototypes, including a phone-charging table that transforms heat into electricity.

The day-to-day operations of Space10 are handled by Rebel Agency, a small Danish design firm founded by Carla Cammilla Hjort.

Read more about Space10 and explore the latest projects here.