INDEX: IKEA's Flexible Space Lets "Anyone to Be Their Own Architect"

via. INDEX: Design to improve life

TreeHugger is covering the INDEX awards, celebrating the idea of "Design to Improve Life". This post covers one of the 46 finalists chosen from 1,123 entries.

The INDEX: Award is "the biggest and probably most important design award in the world." The prizes are not just for design, but "Design to Improve Life. A concept enabling design to be used as a tool to address the world’s biggest challenges." TreeHugger was invited to Copenhagen to cover the awards in 2013 and will be back at the end of the month for the awards. The jury has a tough job this year; there are a lot of interesting finalists, 46 chosen out of 1,123 submissions. There are five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community. One that made the Home cut is IKEA's Flexible Space, "A wall that allows anyone to be their own architect and modify their homes to suit their needs."

We are living in a time where more than half of the world’s population live in cities, and with limited space, adaptation and flexibility are the keys to comfortable urban living. Traditional homes often undergo many renovations over their lifetimes, and with each upgrade come a number of inconveniences, including noise, stress and a general overall chaos. And aside from the huge personal cost, these renovations generate millions of tons of waste every year. So why pour money and energy into rigid walls when you can purchase flexible ones and renovate your home in an instant?
IKEA flexible space

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In a page right out of LifeEdited, IKEA has come up with a moving wall system that rolls on a track, and has fold-down bed for guests, or can simply be used to create a separate space. "When a space is no longer needed, fold the furniture back into the wall and move it back to its original position. Redesigning your home couldn’t be easier!"

It's actually pretty derivative of a number of designs we have shown in TreeHugger, and I doubt it will get the big prize. However it is great to see that IKEA may bring the concept to market and help make it mainstream.