NASA and IKEA just teamed up to make space-aged furniture
No hard feelings for the summer footwear from Supreme x Clarks. And the luggage from Away x Star Wars was legitimately awesome. But this new home goods collaboration between IKEA and NASA might the coolest we've seen to date.
The IKEA team's goal was to design a collection for small living spaces, like the tiny apartments those of us living in cities call home. They conducted their research at NASA's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where future space explorers train to live in close quarters, perform spacewalks, and control robots like we'll one day be doing on Mars itself.
The IKEA team also spent time in Tokyo, where compact living comes second nature.
The resulting collection, called RUMTID, features furniture that's ideal for any tiny apartment. There's an air purifier, a terrarium, lights, and shelving. The team also created a new tubing system that can be built into tables, beds, sofas, and more. All will make your living room look straight out of a Martian settlement, stardate 2233.45.
RUMTID will be released over four separate launches in 2020, each launch based on a different theme: time, small space, water, and air. Hopefully, more details on how these products work sustainably and efficiently will emerge in the meantime.
Here's to a much cooler future for home design.