IKEA’s ‘Open Source’ Sofa Lets Builders Customize It To Their Liking

IKEA’s ‘Open Source’ Sofa Lets Builders Customize It To Their Liking
Design

The new furniture line is designed to be a hacker community's dream

Weronika Jurkiewicz
  • 7 february 2017

Hacking IKEA furniture is a global trend, attracting creatives and technologists alike from around the globe to give items alternative usages or personalized touches. Their modest price tag and widespread availability make IKEA furniture a true gem for the hacker community who share their designs on dedicated websites, blogs, Pinterest boards and even books.

IKEA executives decided to embrace this movement by creating a new line of “open source” furniture which invites third-party add-ons and complementary products, adjustments and designs. Named Delaking, Swedish for “being part of something,” the line was created in collaboration with famous designer Tom Dixon and will be constructed over a versatile aluminum frame made from 40 percent recycled materials.

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IKEA plans to introduce the first unit in the Delaking line—a low sofa which can also act as a bed frame—in the 2018 collection. Customers will be able to purchase a basic set of IKEA-manufactured add-ons: clip-on arm rest, a table and a lamp. The rest will be up for the hackers to design and create.

“Instead of replacing the old bed when you need a sofa you will be able to buy modules that convert the frame to sofa. Just like an iPhone is a platform for apps, we think others will use this framework to build furniture on in the future,” Tom Dixon said.

Thanks to the variety of add-ons, the sofa will be able to have a multitude of functions during its lifecycle as it will adjust to the owner’s needs making it the perfect piece for residents of small urban spaces, IKEA’s primary target demographic. The open-source line of furniture is also an effort on the company’s part to move towards more democratic design and to reimagine itself as an interior design platform, and not just a furniture retailer.

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Hacking IKEA furniture is a global trend, attracting creatives and technologists alike from around the globe to give items alternative usages or personalized touches. Their modest price tag and widespread availability make IKEA furniture a true gem for the hacker community who share their designs on dedicated websites, blogs, Pinterest boards and even books.

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