Ikea Shares Glimpse of a Very Different Future in Crowded Cities

The furniture retailer laid out a vision of an urban future where multiple families share kitchens, hallways and dining areas.

(Bloomberg)—In a crowded urban future, kitchens, hallways and dining areas will be shared by multiple families, furniture will be robotic and closets can be shrunk when not in use.

That’s according to the world’s largest furniture retailer, Ikea, which laid out its vision on how to house and furnish a world that’s becoming more urbanized and more crowded during its “Democratic Design Days” on Tuesday in the small town of Almhult, Sweden.

Ikea, along with developer Ikano Bostad and design lab Space10, has embarked on a project to help solve the challenges facing cities confronted with growing urbanization, aging populations, soaring housing prices and a lack of natural resources.

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