IKEA chose to be inspired by life in space while designing their new collection called Rumtid. This collection as built on the basis of research that IKEA conducted in partnership with NASA at the NASA Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. This collection caters especially to cater to those living in urban tiny homes and focuses on four separate areas of interest for this lifestyle: time, space, water and air.
Part of the collection is a new building material, a super lightweight veneer material made of wood and waste which has been formed into tubes. These tubes can in turn can be used in conjunction with connectors to create custom furniture. “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,” said creative Michael Nikolic, who led a group the design team for the project.
Rumtid also includes a redesigned air purifier available in 3 different sizes and colors and lastly an indoor garden that resembles a terrarium in a capsule. Whatever else you may have to say about the collection, you can’t deny the space-age feel of it. Research for the project on small space living not only drew on life in space, but also Tokyo’s capsule hotels.