Urban apartments are shrinking everywhere but Ikea believes it has the solution for city dwellers whose tiny apartments are overstuffed with furniture. At its annual design conference this week, Ikea unveiled Rognan, a robotic piece of space-saving furniture designed with US start-up Ori. The touch-pad-controlled room divider can be rolled left or right to expose its functions: bed, wardrobe, desk and sofa. Rognan is designed to make better use of an apartment’s footprint; Ikea claims that it could save 8 sq m of room space. Whether a robot can mitigate the discomfort of living in cramped spaces remains to be seen but Rognan is slated for a 2020 launch in Hong Kong and Japan – arguably the two markets where it’s needed most.

Credit: The Monocle Minute

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