IKEA Shoots for the Stars With NASA Collaboration

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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.

In the meantime, check out IKEA’s projects with Solange’s Saint Heron, adidas, LEGO, and Virgil Abloh.

In other news, Elon Musk teases Tesla’s pickup truck. More on that here.

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