OUR FUTURE LIVING SPACES
MOVABLE WALLS BY YEAR 2025
OUR homes could change dramatically in as little as five to 10 years.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea, celebrating its 40th birthday in Australia, engaged “futurist” Barrie Barton to examine how Australians would be living by 2025.
He predicts that homes will focus more on happy, healthy living and flexible spaces with movable walls for multifunctional living space.
Homes will be smarter, with physical networks of interconnected objects and appliances.
And designs will encourage togetherness, such as multifunctional furniture that adapts for working, socialising and spending more time with the family.
Barton says the growing population, soaring property prices, high demand for inner-city living and declining household numbers will add up to smaller but smarter homes. “Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world. The dominant trend for the future would have to be the growing population, meaning more people living in apartments,” he says.
In five years there will be about 2.1 million more Australians, with our population at about 26 million.
“Obviously, different age groups have very different needs but one common theme is that they all want simplicity,” Barton says.
Ikea future homes project manager Eva-Carin Banka Johnson says that by 2025 technology will be used to create a harmonious environment, with things like wall projections helping to create a space for meditation and mindfulness.
“Every square inch will be used to accommodate our lifestyle, which is why you can expect to see things like electric bikes doubling up as wall art,’’ she says.
Future kitchens will become home farms similar to this setup at Ikea in Tempe, with herbs and vegetables close to hand.
Ikea predicts future home design will include movable walls and furniture’ (left) and smart waste management systems (right).