The Swedish furniture firm has designed, together with the mobile home company Escape, a modular and sustainable housing model. The IKEA Tiny House has an area of 17 square meters and is mounted on a structure that can be towed.
IKEA has closed the loop of its vision of a living space by proposing not only the content, but also the container: a whole house, prefabricated, sustainable and transportable, in line with the philosophy of the Swedish giant.
Guided by the company’s People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy, the Tiny Home project prioritizes a low environmental impact design. IKEA has collaborated with U.S. mobile home firm ESCAPE to make a version of its Vista Boho XL model, equipped with solar panels and a compostable toilet. In this way the house allows for an autonomous, off-grid existence. The roof incorporates two solar panels to generate its own electricity.
The design and construction process for the Tiny House began in late 2019 and was completed in April 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic halted IKEA’s plans to showcase the project on a tour across the United States. The house can now be explored digitally thanks to brand experience creator Vox Creative.
The project with IKEA was a natural collaboration. We include many of the brand’s products in our homes because they reflect the recyclable, renewable and reusable materials we incorporate into our designsDan Dobrowolski, founder of ESCAPE
The interior is outfitted with IKEA furnishings that represent the Swedish brand’s eco-friendly design philosophy. The interior is fitted with IKEA furniture that represents the Swedish brand’s eco-friendly design philosophy.
IKEA interior design manager Abbey Stark, has turned the interior of the Tiny House into a showcase for the brand’s sustainable, multifunctional and efficient products. The mini-kitchen, for example, is the KUNGSBACKA model, whose cabinet fronts are made from recycled plastic, and includes a SKOGSÅ solid wood countertop, in which the entire tree – including branches – is used to minimize waste.
ESCAPE has begun accepting orders for the IKEA BOHO XL models – not including IKEA furniture – starting at 40,000 euros, with several options available.