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Ikea wants to help you farm in your house

The furniture giant is teaming up with British industrial designer Tom Dixon to create urban farming products.

Ikea wants to help you farm in your house
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Ikea doesn’t just want to sell you furniture–it also wants to sell you on sustainable living. And how best to live sustainably than to grow your own food?

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That’s the idea behind a new line of products the Swedish company is developing with British industrial designer Tom Dixon. Due to be announced in May 2019 and released in Ikea stores in 2021, the products will be focused on making it easier for people to farm in an urban environment.

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For Ikea, this collaboration is about challenging the way society looks at growing in general and addressing that it’s both possible and rewarding to have a place to grow your own plants in the city,” James Futcher, creative leader at Ikea Range and Supply, said in a statement. “Food is key to humanity and design can support with better solutions.”

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Ikea has already introduced a small hydroponic system designed to let you grow lettuce on your kitchen countertop. The company’s innovation lab, Space10, has also experimented with a flatpack urban farm that can fit in your backyard. The collaboration with Dixon will likely extend these ideas to make it easier to grow plants in the city, where space is at a premium. Ikea will need to figure out how to maximize the amount of food production in the smallest possible footprint, since people’s living spaces are shrinking as the population of cities is growing.

Only then could growing your own food in a tiny apartment be more than just a trendy pastime.

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Katharine Schwab is the deputy editor of Fast Company's technology section. Email her at kschwab@fastcompany.com and follow her on Twitter @kschwabable

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