Space-saving furniture is the rage these days owing to the high cost of living in urban locations. Hence, modularity is the name of the game when it comes to making optimum use of available space. Keeping this in mind, Ori Systems is the solution that Fuseproject’s Yves Behar and MIT Media Lab came up with last year. Deemed as robotic shape-changing furniture that is able to cater to multiple possibilities, the prototypes of modular furniture were tested by renting out to Airbnb. After a very positive response from the masses, Ori is now available for pre-order.
The shape-shifting furniture transforms seamlessly into an office space, living room or bedroom. The modular furniture unit has a bed, closet, drawers, storage space and workstation all-in-one. After a lot of tinkering and additional features, Ori now comes with smartphone-controlled or voice-commands aesthetics using Alexa. The single unit modular wooden furniture unit is ideal for city apartments, homes with constricted space and condos.
With the push of a button, the bed ejects or retracts to make space for the living area. On one side there is a closet and desk which functions as a home office; while on the other side there is a slide-out entertainment center.
Ori Systems focuses on the design which is going to solve the problem of living in populating urban spaces. This smartphone-connected modular furniture is a good example of what interior furnishing is going to be like.
Unfortunately, Ori is currently only available for bulk orders in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Miami, DC, and Columbus.
That means big organizations will only be able to get their hands on this steeply priced ($10,000 USD/unit) robotic furniture. In the first phase of production 1,200 units are going to be manufactured.