Collab Alert: IKEA X NASA

Flat-pack furniture. It’s not rocket science… or is it? Ikea's latest collection may just blow your socks off.

For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in the countryside – and according to UN this number will be 70% in 2050.

With small, compact and minimal homes on the increase, Ikea has been taking the notion of space pretty seriously. So seriously, in fact, that last year the Swedish furniture store sent a team to NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in order to take inspiration for a new collection from the experts of confined living conditions: astronauts.

Tapping in to what scientists and engineers learn from a spaceflight to Mars, Ikea is applying the learnings to products and methods for everyday life at home, here on earth.

Proposed design for futuristic terrarium

So what can we expect from Ikea’s NASA-inspired collection? The collection includes an air purifier, a terrarium pod, a modular, block-based furniture system, a small indoor garden, and a new super lightweight material.

These parts from RUMTID’s tubing system can be combined in a variety of ways to build furniture, including sofas, tables, and beds.

The lightweight veneer material is made of ‘wood and waste’ and rolled into hollow tubes which can be taken apart and clamped together using connectors to build just about anything, be it sofas, wardrobes, beds, or something else completely – a bit like using Lego blocks.

A simple modular coffee table design made from RUMTID’s tubing system

Their hollow veneer design means that they are extremely lightweight, multifunctional, and best of all – sustainable.

An indoor garden design made from RUMTID’s tubing system

Then there’s the ultra-chic air purifier which solves the problem of being exposed to environmental toxins, saving space, and looking good all at once.

Projected gold floor lamp made with ultra-lightweight sustainable materials

Also in the range is a futuristic terrarium, designed for chicness and utility, with a sleek glass enclosure that ensures optimal sunlight for your plant’s growth.

Proposed design for futuristic terrarium

So, when can we get our hands on this futuristic, ground-breaking collection? There’s currently a bit of a wait as the collection won’t be available until next year.

Ikea’s chic RUMTID air purifier

But hey, Mars wasn’t built in a day.

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