Sonos and IKEA have announced that the two companies have partnered to provide music-related products and/or services, starting in 2019--with the goal of making it "even easier for people to play any song, anywhere in the home, without interrupting the flow of daily life." That's pretty much all we learn in the press release below, along with the fact that the collaboration is part of IKEA's Home Smart program, which currently includes smart home lighting and wireless charging products.
From IKEA and Sonos
Sound--especially music--can enhance life at home instantly. Research has shown that people who live together and listen to music together spend more time together at home (three hours more per week than people who don't listen to music together). When listening to music together, people feel more inspired (25%), and they feel more loved (14%), and in addition to this 65% of all Millennials play music to make a place feel like home, further building the importance of music in the home.
"When we asked people what sound they associate with their homes, many people mentioned that it is music that makes a home," says Björn Block, Business Leader, IKEA Home Smart at IKEA of Sweden.
IKEA and Sonos will together strive to make it even easier for people to play any song, anywhere in the home, without interrupting the flow of daily life. Enabling people to create the right atmosphere in their home with great design, music and sound.
"Together with Sonos we want to democratise 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." says Björn Block, Business Leader, IKEA Home Smart at IKEA of Sweden.
"At Sonos we understand the transformational power of music in the home," says Patrick Spence, CEO at Sonos. "We believe that sound should be a considered element of home design, and together we will work with IKEA to create products and experiences that make people's home look and sound more amazing."
The IKEA and Sonos collaboration is a part of IKEA Home Smart. The journey of the smart home at IKEA began with the launch of wireless charging products for mobile phones in 2015, followed by smart lighting launched in 2016. The exploration of sound is the third step for IKEA Home Smart.
"At IKEA we strive to make solutions for life at home by integrating technology into our home furnishing offers that are easy to use and affordable, thereby making smart home technology accessible to many people," says Björn Block, Business Leader, IKEA Home smart at IKEA of Sweden.
The IKEA and Sonos collaboration will be launched in store in 2019.
• IKEA and Sonos will collaborate on "home sound experiences" in 2019 at Mashable.com.
• Sonos Introduces Voice-Controlled Speaker with Alexa Support at HomeTheaterReview.com.