IKEA is not shy when it comes to collaborations. The Swedish homewares giant has partnered with fashion designer and creative director Virgil Abloh, Beyoncé's stylist Bea Ackerlund, and L.A.-based fashion designer Chris Stamp in 2018 alone. As Design Boom reports, next up is none other than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, colloquially known as NASA.
Dubbed the Rumtid collection, the products take inspiration from life in space, informed by research conducted in partnership with NASA's Mars Desert Research Station. The line, set to launch in 2020, will be split up into four different ranges as they relate to urban small-space living: time, space, water, and air. The first range consists of a redesigned air purifier, a terrarium pod, a modular block-based furniture system, a small indoor garden, and a new super light-weight material.
"We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to earth, focusing on urbanization and small space living," said designer Siri Skillgate, who spent time living in Tokyo's capsule hotels to experience true urban small-space living firsthand, to the publication. "In Tokyo, there’s 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—particularly when it comes to storage." Get a sneak peek at IKEA's new collaboration below.
The small indoor garden.
The new furniture system.
The new lightweight material, made from wood and waste.
The new air purifiers.
The new light.
The new terrarium pods and light fixtures.