IKEA Shoots for the Stars With NASA Collaboration

Furniture giant IKEA has linked up with NASA‘s Mars research station to design a new collection, dubbed RUMTID or “spacetime” in Swedish, inspired by life in space.

In spite of being a government organization, NASA has collaborated with a number of style brands on some really cool apparel. Now, however, they’ve teamed up with the likes of IKEA to create the RUMTID Collection – a series of space-inspired home furnishings that may very well end up at the first Mars colony.

The RUMTID collection comprises four different product ranges that tackle four separate issues when it comes to urban, small space living: time, space, water and air. The products include a redesigned air purifier, an indoor terrarium pod, lighting solutions and a modular, block-based furniture system made of a new lightweight veneer material made of recycled wood and waste that’s rolled into hollow tubes. “By cutting the tubes into different lengths and clamping them together, we can build just about anything, be it sofas, wardrobes, beds or something else completely,” said creative leader Micahel Nikolic.

“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.