Last week, Ikea opened up their new innovation laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark. Built in a refurbished fishery, Space10 is unlike any of their other spaces for its exclusivity, meaning consumers can't just stroll in expecting to enjoy their tasty meatballs. Rather, this exhibition and experimental laboratory space is reserved for professors, students, designers, artists, producers, and enlightened thinkers to come up with new concepts for the international business.
In a collaborative space, the designers are given predetermined themes, which goes back to the "circular economy," where they are expected to have their ideas extend beyond a aesthetic or utilitarian purpose. Such examples include creating a table that can absorb heat from hot mugs of liquid, cell phones, or laptops, and convert it into energy to then put back into other devices to then recharge them.
Learn more about the lab at WIRED.
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