Cue up the jokes about assembling speakers on your own: Smart speaker maker Sonos and iconic Swedish furniture retailer Ikea announced a new partnership to create "future home sound experiences" Wednesday. It's not yet known what the two companies are planning, but both have huge pedigrees. IKEA and Sonos haven't shared any specifics about this new partnership, merely speaking in broad, rather vague terms about what it will be.
The companies say they want to make it easier to play music anywhere in the home - which makes sense, since Sonos' main benefit is how easy their software makes it to set up and manage a system of speakers throughout your home.
Ikea has started to venture into the smart home market, introducing wireless charging solutions for mobile devices in 2015, and selling smart lighting solutions since a year ago.
"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".
Sonos audio kit will be getting a dose of Scandinavian design come 2019, as the USA streaming speaker company is teaming up with IKEA. By choosing Sonos as a partner, Ikea doesn't have to place a big bet on any one music or voice service winning the smart home. The company provided no more details about what it will be working on and when the first products may be expected to hit the market.
The IKEA and Sonos collaboration will be launched in store during 2019.