photography by SONOS
Talk about the collaboration of the year: Today, Sonos and Ikea announced a partnership that just might change the home decor game forever. The Swedish furniture giant and wireless speaker maven have yet to detail which products they’re going to create together, but if Ikea’s previous experiments with home automation are any indication, this is definitely something to get excited about.
Having already launched both a collection of smart lighting and wireless charging products, Ikea is no stranger to adding smart technology to the home. The Sonos collaboration is sure to address the two biggest problems with getting in the home automation game—namely, cost and complexity.
“At Ikea, we strive to make solutions for life at home by integrating technology into our home furnishing offer that is easy to use and affordable, thereby making smart home technology accessible to many people,” said Björn Block of Ikea’s smart home division. “Together with Sonos, we want to democratize music and sound in the home, and we want to create products designed for how people listen together at home. By teaming up with Sonos, we want to combine Ikea home furnishing knowledge with Sonos’ expertise within great home sound.”
Details about how that will be achieved remain to be revealed. The least exciting option is that Ikea will start selling Sonos speakers in-store, but you can’t blame us for thinking this collaboration has some more exciting possibilities ahead—like for example, potentially new furniture pieces that actually have speakers inside of them, or maybe even an all-in-one creation that can be controlled by your voice.
After all, Sonos just released its Sonos One speaker, natively controlled by Amazon’s Alexa, while Ikea recently bought freelance handyman startup TaskRabbit. So, the possibilities are really endless—but unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait until the collection hits stores in 2019 to find out exactly what exciting home decor technology advances we have to look forward to.
See more cool home technology:
The New Google Home Is Small, Pink, and Actually Affordable
Amazon’s Alexa Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smarter
How Williams-Sonoma Plans to Change the Way You Decorate
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