RAVAROR by IKEA: Adaptable Furniture for Modern Urban Living


City living can be inherently jostled; constantly evolving (or devolving, depending on how you look at it) and as such, our apartments serve as a reflection of this lifestyle. They are complicated, often as messy as the city streets we walk through. IKEA, (and under the creative direction of Viveca Olsson) pioneers in smart design for the home, have begun a campaign titled RAVAROR, which priorities easily assembled and dismantled furniture for the smallest of urban dwellings.

IKEA, arguably, has always recognized the realities of urbania: sometimes it is only what fits, what is cost-effective, or what can fit in a suitcase. Sacrificing efficiency for ambiance has been a universal truth of living; but IKEA has brought something new that breaks two interior design conventions at once.

The first notion to topple is the idea that furniture, once assembled, cannot move. With this collection, the furniture is designed for movement, whether it’s to a different spot in the house or a new apartment in a different city. The design encourages fluidity and foldability, utilizing materials such as wood, steel, and even denim.

With the postmodern future looming, IKEA is embracing the notion that furniture, which is easy to dismantle is not inherently cheap, but can give the same aesthetic with a hidden versatility and sustainable longevity.

With the growing need for access to economic housing, thus is growing the demand for micro apartments and tiny house living; housing solutions that exist on the precipice of change. Addressing this new trend of lifestyle and tiny living; sofas, mini kitchens, and tables fill the IKEA collection and break the mold of what can be considered “foldable”.

“Foldable”, through this collection, proves that it isn’t just a kind of furniture, it can be a lifestyle, a basis for how to live. Being adaptable is no longer a sign of immature design, but a sign of the times. Moving away from limited pieces, this collection is a reflection of how we are beginning to live now, which is at the heart of all good interior design.


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