The purpose of SPACE10 is to enable a better, more meaningful and sustainable life for the many people. We are on a mission to explore and design new ways of living. SPACE10 is where we—

  • Experiment and co-create new ways of designing for a better future.

  • Look into new directions and explore emerging potentials.

  • Work with a global, collaborative network of experts and forward-thinking partners.

  • Test and try new ideas and solutions in a non-commercial environment.

  • Storytell and share what we do to spark discussions, make ideas stick and move people to action.

  • Create a playground for IKEA to be inspired and connect with new opportunities.

The world
us is

  • Accelerating urbanisation

    By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. In 1950, the number was 30%. (UN, 2015)

    Most of us were born into a world of countries, but by the time we leave this planet, it will basically be a world made up by 600 rather powerful cities. The rapid urbanisation of recent decades is just the beginning of an ever-steeper growth curve. By 2050, the proportion of people living in urban areas will have surged to 70 percent.
            Over the next 40 years, the volume of urban construction for housing, work spaces and infrastructure could roughly equal the entire volume of such construction to date.
            Our urban environments already have a serious impact on our mental and physical health, so what happens when our cities become even more crowded?

  • Demographic shifts

    41% of India’s population is below the age of 20. (Census, 2016)

    In the decade to come, we will see explosive population growth in some countries and decline in others. In the developed world, we will see an ageing population and slow population growth.
            Other societies are young and fast-growing, which will have far-reaching impacts that include new, larger consumer markets, growing pressure on the supply of critical resources, and sweeping changes in people’s personal and social goals and aspirations.
            More people will need to be fed, housed, educated and employed for productive potential to be realised.

  • Political and economic shifts

    The world population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion by 2050, to nearly 10 billion people. More and more of these people will move out of poverty and into the new global, urban consumer class. (UN, 2014)

    Over the last decade, we have seen shifts in the global economic power balance from West to East, as well as growing middle classes in emerging economies where standards of living and purchasing power are improving.
            We witness reduced poverty, better health care, greater educational attainment, strengthening of women’s rights, and widespread use of new communication technologies.
            As a result, individual empowerment will accelerate substantially during the next 15-20 years.

  • Lack of natural resources

    Within the next 15 years, the world will need 50% more energy, 40% more clean water and 35% more food. (UN, 2015)

    In 2030, there will be nearly 8.3 billion people in the world. Combined with the consumption patterns of an expanding middle class, the demand for resources will grow substantially. The world will need 50 percent more energy, 40 percent more clean water and 35 percent more food.
            Unfortunately, climate change is likely to worsen access to these critical resources for many people. It’s simple: we cannot continue to race through our planet’s finite resources. All the evidence suggests that if we continue at our current rate, we will soon need a second planet.

  • Technological breakthroughs

    The number of people directly or indirectly connected to the Internet will soon be close to 100%. (Scientific American; CIFS, 2015)

    The pace of technological change is increasing exponentially. The perpetual flow of ideas and innovations creates ever more powerful enabling technologies, where potential user scenarios are limited only by the human imagination.
            Every hour of every day, breakthroughs in frontiers of research and development, ranging from artificial intelligence and big data to automation and new, digitally enabled business models, are transforming our world.
            Technological breakthroughs are constantly and significantly impacting the size and shape of the world’s manufacturing and high-tech sectors and are also creating completely new industries, constantly offering new opportunities for companies as well as individuals.

We have defined three
themes for exploration.

  • Circular societies

    Our industrial model has resulted in us consuming in a very linear way where we basically take, make, use and dispose. What if we could design in a more circular manner? There is a world of opportunity to rethink and redesign the way we produce and consume. We wish to be part of evolving this linear thinking, and with creativity and innovation be part of building a restorative, sustainable and responsible economy.

  • Co-Existence

    As our cities grow bigger and become more crowded, we need to create spaces for better ways of living that are also sustainable and affordable. We detect great opportunities when it comes to designing new concepts for spaces in which to live, work, meet, eat and interact, but also spaces that empower the many people around the world who are truly in need of a better everyday life.

  • Digital empowerment

    Digital has become a fundamental part of our everyday lives, technology is an enabler for almost everything, and soon almost everyone will be a digital native. How can we drive positive change when we are all connected instantly, anywhere, when the physical world is becoming increasingly digital, and when our own intelligence is amplified by digital technology?

We believe a good tool
is a job half done

  • Residencies

    Collaboration is essential in order for us to gain new perspectives, stay ahead and make full use of our network. We therefore regularly invite residents from different disciplines to SPACE10 to explore a specific theme in depth or to work on a particular project for a short period of time.


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  • Playful

    The human brain is not engaged by cold, hard facts, and yet there are so many of them that are crucial for us to understand in order to move forward. Playful Research is a program that explores the world of insights, research and facts in a vibrant and playful way, translating words and numbers into highly visual stories.


    Explore a project

  • Space

    The program is our pulse and the physical connection with the world. We invite thought leaders, companies and collaborators from the outside to share the stage, their knowledge and their passion with all of us. Whether we organize or just open the doors, we always learn and progress together.


    Explore the program


    There is no innovation without a great story. We therefore share everything we do in multiple formats to ensure that our ideas and insights become portable and travel beyond the boundaries of SPACE10. We believe in capturing stories in a structured way throughout the process, telling them visually, and encouraging curiosity by making the stories memorable and shareable.


    Explore the journal

  • Space I/O

    Space I/O is our digital framework, and a tool for building and designing digital experiences and interfaces in a decentralised way. Through Space I/O, we strive to design a distributed network of spaces and tools that enables us to move quickly, create synergies between projects, and manage both internal processes and external collaborations.


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  • Space ID

    Space ID is a design toolkit used when working with the physical, the digital, and everything in between. It’s an open, fluid and programmatic visual identity that has a basic set of rules to ensure coherence, but above all is flexible and enables participation and creativity.


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