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IKEA Teases NASA-Inspired Collection That Explores Micro-Living In Outer Space
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Jun 2018
‘RUMTID’ connecting parts. Image via IKEA Today
IKEA has explored beyond Planet Earth in search of nuances that it can adopt to make small space living a more enjoyable reality in the future.
“We take the notion of space seriously,” the Swedish furniture giant describes. Space is such a priority, that IKEA announced last year that it was sending a team to study the ongoings of NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
The ‘RUMTID’ collection will be split into four categories: ‘Time’, ‘Small Space’, ‘Water’, and ‘Air’.
IKEA hasn’t elaborated much, but says that the series will include redesigned air purifiers and an “all-new lightweight material.”
The team also visited Tokyo, which is rife with micro apartments, to stay in capsule hotels and experience urban small space living firsthand.
“In Tokyo, there’s a literal built-in thinking around small space living that allows for modularity and mobility,” describes designer Siri Skillgate. “We felt really inspired by all of the interesting solutions in people’s homes and at the capsule hotels—in particularly when it comes to storage.”
One product to look out for is a lightweight building material made with veneer that is rolled in hollow tubes—it’s flexible, ideal for small spaces, and sustainable because producing it doesn’t create waste.
“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,” says Creative Leader Michael Nikolic. “This is a high-tech, efficient way of using our natural resources.”
Two air purifiers and functional, air-cleaning textiles are also in the works.
The first pieces of the ‘RUMTID’ collection are slated for launch in 2020. It’s a short wait, but the future of urban micro-living will be here before you know it.
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‘RUMTID’ garden. Image via IKEA Today
‘RUMTID’ shelf. Image via IKEA Today
‘RUMTID’ air purifiers. Image via IKEA Today
[via House Beautiful, images via IKEA Today]
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