Rognan – IKEA’s New Robotic Furniture

“Meet our new robot, ROGNAN. Forget compromise in a small space. ROGNAN transforms small spaces into comfortable, multifunctional homes. It changes to meet your needs, from sleep, to getting dressed, to having guests, and more. The population of cities is growing, and our living spaces are shrinking. ROGNAN is a product for this new reality of modern urban life. Planned launch date: during 2020.”

Well, you got that right!

ROGNAN is going to be launched in 2020 at Hong Kong and Japan. This was officially launched on IKEA’s official instagram page. Read on to know more about this news.


What is ROGNAN?

ROGNAN is basically the new robotic furniture system which is in collaboration with Ori Living, which is an American furniture startup.

It is built on Ori’s robotic platform, and works with Ikea’s Platsa line of storage furniture. It’s also compatible with Ikea’s Tradfri line of cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting. Ikea says the Rognan can save an extra eight square meters (about 86 square feet) of living space. That might not sound like much, but if you live in a tiny home, it could make all the difference.

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The large storage unit, controlled by a touchpad, can slide across a room to divide a small room into two living spaces, and contains a bed, desk, and a couch for people to pull out when needed. It’s designed for people living in urban areas to maximize their small spaces.

Pricing for the Rognan hasn’t been announced yet, but hopefully the Ikea partnership can bring down the cost of the unit and make it more accessible to those who really need it.

“Instead of making the furniture smaller, we transform the furniture to the function that you need at that time,” Ikea product developer Seana Strawn said. “When you sleep, you do not need your sofa. When you use your wardrobe, you do not need your bed.”

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