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IKEA Designs Model ‘Home Of Tomorrow’ Reflecting Dream Space For A Better Future
By Mikelle Leow, 26 Jun 2020
Image via IKEA
After years of observing and inspiring home design trends, IKEA believes there’s one that outlives them all, one that sets the stage for generations to come.
The home solutions giant has designed a dream living space in Poland, which it calls the Home of Tomorrow, that presents self-sustaining design ideas people can incorporate into their abodes “with full respect for nature.”
The showhouse, set up in an abandoned building in Szczecin, displays new and efficient ways to process waste, save water, prepare meals using home-grown produce, and more.
The highlight, a soil-free indoor garden, utilizes aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics to harvest fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible fungi. Waste from food preparation is demonstrated to be composted and turned into natural fertilizer.
Each room takes on a different concept to serve different purposes. One features a ‘Home Sun’ that replicates sunlight to get you rested and renew your energy levels. Another zone is furnished with 100 TRÅDFRI light bulbs to demonstrate the effects of light colors on your body and living space.
A Home Farm offers ideas to grow edible plants, insects, and fungi sustainably even in small spaces.
There’s also a Creative Zone where visitors can learn how to repair and upcycle tired furniture for a new lease of life from carpenters and designers.
Finally, a Planning Space shows design suggestions you can use in your kitchen, along with the rest of your house, to make small steps towards a more liveable tomorrow. Here, employees will be at hand to help visitors design practical and planet-conscious kitchens for free.
IKEA says it created the Home of Tomorrow since nurturing habits to drive positive impact on Earth starts at home. The company cautions that, at present, natural resources needed for the whole year are already exhausted “as early as halfway through the year,” and the rate of resources being used up seems to take place earlier every year.
IKEA’s research also suggests that 70-percent of the world population will reside in cities by 2050, a worrying threat to the climate if homeowners are not informed about the changes they can make now.
IKEA’s Home of Tomorrow sees a future that “has to be green.” It endeavors to “inspire changes and shape new habits… for next generations to enjoy a better future.”
Home of Tomorrow is open to everyone, even during the COVID-19 crisis, as IKEA has implemented safe practices in the space to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Find out more about the project here.
[via House Beautiful, images via various sources]
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