After a number of high-profile collaborations, flat-pack furniture titan IKEA is looking to the stars with a new project with NASA. Designboom reports that the Scandinavian company has partnered with NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah to produce a collection tackling issues relating to urban, small-space living.
The RUMTID collection is divided into four sub-projects focusing on time, small space, water, and air. Items include an air purifier, an indoor terrarium pod, innovative lighting solutions, and a modular, block-based furniture system made from “wood and waste” for custom-built pieces.
“We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to Earth, focusing on urbanization and small-space living,” said Siri Skillgate, one of five designers involved in RUMTID. “In Tokyo, there’s a literal built-in thinking around small space living that allows for modularity and mobility. We felt really inspired by all of the interesting solutions in people’s homes and at the capsule hotels — in particular when it comes to storage.”
The IKEA x NASA collection will be divided into four launches and all be available for a limited time, with the first launch expected in 2020.
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