Jokingly aside, the science being researched at NASA’s Desert Research Station on the Mars Desert in Utah is a fairly serious activity and will undoubtedly lead to many unexpected innovations over the years. At the forefront of real missions to Mars, IKEA will launch four different micro-collections under the name RUMTID collection, each piece inspired by research on the environment and life in space for future Martian expeditions.
” We are keen to study extreme environments and connect them to the Earth, concentrating on the urbanization and life in the narrowest spaces,” explains Siri Skillgate, designer at IKEA (whose work has already focused on the great emptiness of space as a source of inspiration), “In Tokyo, there is a literally integrated thought around life in the small space that allows modularity and mobility. We are really inspired by all the interesting solutions in homes and capsule hotels, especially when it comes to storage.
One of the most innovative developments of the IKEA team, under the creative direction of Michael Nikolic, was the introduction of a new lightweight laminated veneer material in hollow tubes, inspired by the unsubstantial but solid materials used by NASA for a variety of structures. Instead of using the material to build geodetic living quarters to keep the hostile climates of the harsh Martian elements at bay, IKEA designers use the tubes in a variety of lengths and clamp them together to build furniture easily and durable.
Sharing other similarities with the mission planned for Mars, the IKEA RUMTID collections will not be released until early 2020, giving everyone time to start accessorizing their Martian modules accordingly.