What do you get when you combine IKEA with the tiny home trend? A 187-square-foot abode that is sustainable, stylish, and affordable. The IKEA Tiny Home Project (in collaboration with Vox Creative and portable tiny home design studio ESCAPE Homes) was born to educate consumers on how they can incorporate sustainability into their lifestyles.
"It was a natural pairing," says ESCAPE Homes founder Dan Dobrowolski in the company's press release. "We feature many IKEA products in our various tiny home designs around the country, as they mirror the renewable, reusable, and recycled materials we incorporate into the actual structures."
For this project, ESCAPE Homes was specifically asked to create a custom version of their Vista Boho XL home. The finished design features an exterior created using shou sugi ban, the Japanese technique of finishing and preserving wood using fire, sustainably grown pine interiors, energy-efficient lighting and windows, and solar panels. ESCAPE Homes designed the residence so that it can be transported anywhere and operate off-grid.
In a video for Curbed, Abbey Stark, IKEA's senior interior design leader, adds that she decided to paint the interiors white so the space would appear larger than it is. The first piece she picked for the home was IKEA's Kungsbacka kitchen series, which is made out of recycled PET bottles. As for the chosen multifunctional pieces that would fit in the space, the team went with the Norden Gateleg Table, Bror Utility Cart, Månsarp Display Shelf, and Malm Storage Bed.
The IKEA Tiny Home Project illustrates that it is possible to live sustainably and affordably with style," says Dobrowolski.