Are robotic interiors the way of the future?
Ori, a Boston-based company, released two new additions to its "smart furniture" lineup last week, including the Pocket Closet, which transforms any space in a small walk-in closet, and the Cloud Bed, which lifts to the ceiling, creating open space beneath it.
Both designs are part of Ori's initial product, called a Studio Suite. The clever robotic system turns a studio apartment into a true home, complete with a separate living room, bedroom, and office. The Studio Suite has been available to developers and is currently in use in more than 10 apartment buildings across the U.S., but this is the first time that Ori's products will be available for consumers to purchase.
"As urban populations continue to grow, society must find ways of making increasingly small living and working spaces provide better experiences and at the same time be more functional, affordable, efficient, and sustainable," explained Hasier Larrea, the company's CEO, and founder. "The Ori Pocket Closet, Ori Cloud Bed, and Ori Studio Suite each demonstrate that you no longer need a lot of square footage to make small spaces both functional and comfortable."
The new Pocket Closet consists of two vertical shelves that slide apart, instantly creating a dressing room with ample storage for clothes, shoes, and other accessories. Alternately, you could use it as a large pantry. When closed, the closet functions as a desk or bookshelf. But this kind of luxury comes at a price: $4,149 including shipping, to be exact.
The company's new Cloud Bed is lowered and raised into an integrated dropped ceiling, with a modern sofa underneath. The sleek design makes it easy for a small space to have both a true bedroom (the Cloud Bed is available in both king and queen models) and a functional living area. Pricing is not yet available.
Both pieces can be controlled using voice activation with a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, via the Ori app, or with the Ori Square control panel. The Pocket Closet is available for pre-order now and will ship in spring 2019, and the Cloud Bed will be available for pre-order later in 2019.