Ikea has heard the cries of city dwellers everywhere. Its new PS 2014 collection, features 51 pieces all focused on small-space solutions.
The home-goods retailer’s anticipated PS collection has been launched and the theme of this line centers on mobility and multipurpose products, proving that the real solution is not to have smaller furniture but pieces that are simply more efficient. The collection follows research that shows one in five now live in a home smaller than 30m² and nearly two thirds are based in a flat. Global investigation found that two out of three people also admitted to needing to use every inch of their home in an efficient way and 50% choose their furniture based on how functional it is rather than the appearance. 15% of those surveyed also admitted to feeling that they don't know how long they can stay in their home for and nearly a third have moved more than twice in the last three years.
As a response to this growing trend of compact, changeable lifestyles in urban environments, Ikea invited young designers under 30 from around the globe to bring their local influences and insights into co-creating this year's PS collection On the Move. Smaller living spaces equal smaller budgets and this range is the most affordable PS offering to date. Here’s the list of well and less-known international designers: Scholten & Baijings, Matali Crasset, Mathias Hahn, Ebba Strandmark, David Wahl, Krystian Kowalski, Pawel Jasiewicz, Maja Ganszyniec, Rich Brilliant Willing, Tomek Rygalik, Tomás Alonso, Margrethe Odgaard, Keiji Ashizawa, Anna Efverlund, Tomek Rygalik, Jon Karlsson, Nicolas Cortolezzis and Henrik Preutz.
This is the 8th iteration of the Ikea PS Collection and this one covers every room in a host of bright colors, lightweight materials such as bamboo and steel, and has multifunction built right in. Each piece is designed for flexibility and movability to help adapt to the ever-changing needs of urban dwellers today. If you’re looking to live simply and make the most of the space you have, there’s definitely something for you. Highlights include a shelf system that can be propped against a wall, influenced by designs from Japan where rental terms often forbid the attachment of more permanent fittings. The team from Manhattan designed a coffee table for serving drinks and it has different compartments for storage needs. Brilliant isn’t it?
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