The world has been asking for more space-saving, double-duty furniture and it looks like IKEA has been all ears. The Swedish home furnishings company unveiled its new PS 2014 collection to the press last week in New York, and it's filled with affordable, multi-functional pieces designed specifically for on-the-go urbanites living in smaller spaces. Read on the learn more about the philosophy behind the new "On the Move" line, and check out the selection before it becomes available in IKEA stores next month.
“The IKEA PS 2014 collection focuses on the young urban residents that have ever-fluctuating living situations, whether it’s where they live or with whom they share a space,” said Janice Simonsen, Design Spokesperson, IKEA U.S. “This line brings flexibility to everyone by combining form, function, quality, sustainability and an accessible price point.”
For those looking for affordable standing desk options, this one is $49.99 and features hidden storage as well as shelves for printers and other accessories.
In order to incorporate the most forward-thinking ideas into the new line, IKEA reached out to 14 young designers from all around the world to come up with designs for the collection. The exercise resulted in a wide range of creative solutions, from a cabinet that fits perfectly into hard-to-utilize corners to a standing storage solution that requires no drilling into walls to a hall console that folds out to become a desk.
“At IKEA, our consumer is the inspiration behind our designs. Globally, we found that young people are looking to use every inch of their home effectively,” says Peter Klinkert, Head of Special Collections for IKEA of Sweden. “With IKEA PS 2014, we worked to create pieces that keep multifunction and small space living at the core.”
This Death Star-esque pendant lamp transforms at the pull of a chord to emit more light.
As with all other IKEA products, the furnishings in the PS 2014 line were designed with sustainability in mind and are made of eco-conscious materials like FSC-certified wood, bamboo, cotton, and recyclable or recycled plastics.
The IKEA PS 2014 collection will be available at IKEA stores some time this April.
Photos ©Yuka Yoneda, except where noted.