Home Futures 24 April – 24 August 2019

Home Futures

24 April – 24 August 2019

Want to know the future? Look at the past! That’s the basic idea behind our Home Futures exhibition. We’ve brought together lots of visionary, daft and innovative projects from the last century – some of them eerily topical even today.


The Bocca sofa was created by Studio 65, according to an original design by Salvador Dalí.

The Home Futures exhibition focuses on what our vision of the future home has been historically. Architects and designers of the 20th century saw the home as a testing ground. Some of their projects have come to fruition, but some of the crazier experiments never went any further.


Bridie Picots home router The Hairy Thing

In the post-war period, many people dreamed of an automated home with domestic appliances that ran by themselves. These days we have robot vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers, and speakers that can both speak and listen. But what’s the effect of that on our privacy?

Can a full-size sofa be transported in a flat pack? We tried it in the 1980s with our inflatable collection, IKEA a.i.r.


Enzo Mari’s furniture was intended to be so simple that anybody could put it together.


Gufram’s Cactus, the coat rack that’s a cactus – or is it the other way around?


In the 1960s, we began to dream about a connected lifestyle. With the advent of WiFi, smartphones and apps, many of our science fiction fantasies have become a reality. How has that influenced us as human beings, for better or worse?

Design duo Dunne & Raby’s Electro-Draught Excluder, which is supposed to be able to clear a home of electromagnetic fields.


Gaetano Pesce’s foam furniture swelled up to its full shape only after unpacking.


Gufram’s Pratone armchair turns the home into a verdant landscape.

Vi på IKEA står alltid med ett ben i det förflutna och ett i framtiden. Genom vår research försöker vi förutse vilka behov människor har fem, tio, femtio år framåt i tiden. Därför visar vi nu utställningen Home Futures, som är ett samarbete med Design Museum i London.


At IKEA, we always have one foot in the past and one in the future. We use research to try to predict what needs people will have five, ten or even fifty years into the future. The Home Futures exhibition is part of this, and is presented in association with Design Museum London.

Home Futures

24 April – 24 August 2019

Want to know the future? Look at the past! That’s the basic idea behind our Home Futures exhibition. We’ve brought together lots of visionary, daft and innovative projects from the last century – some of them eerily topical even today.

The Home Futures exhibition focuses on what our vision of the future home has been historically. Architects and designers of the 20th century saw the home as a testing ground. Some of their projects have come to fruition, but some of the crazier experiments never went any further.

The Bocca sofa was created by Studio 65, according to an original design by Salvador Dalí.

In the post-war period, many people dreamed of an automated home with domestic appliances that ran by themselves. These days we have robot vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers, and speakers that can both speak and listen. But what’s the effect of that on our privacy?

Bridie Picots home router The Hairy Thing

Can a full-size sofa be transported in a flat pack? We tried it in the 1980s with our inflatable collection, IKEA a.i.r.

Enzo Mari’s furniture was intended to be so simple that anybody could put it together.

Gufram’s Cactus, the coat rack that’s a cactus – or is it the other way around?

In the 1960s, we began to dream about a connected lifestyle. With the advent of WiFi, smartphones and apps, many of our science fiction fantasies have become a reality. How has that influenced us as human beings, for better or worse?

Design duo Dunne & Raby’s Electro-Draught Excluder, which is supposed to be able to clear a home of electromagnetic fields.

Gaetano Pesce’s foam furniture swelled up to its full shape only after unpacking.

Gufram’s Pratone armchair turns the home into a verdant landscape.

At IKEA, we always have one foot in the past and one in the future. We use research to try to predict what needs people will have five, ten or even fifty years into the future. The Home Futures exhibition is part of this, and is presented in association with Design Museum London.