Having collaborated with Hay on a past release and on a yet to be released Virgil Abloh collection, Ikea know who to hop into bed with when it comes to reimagining their products from a different direction. However, neither the Danish design gods at Hay or Louis Vuitton’s current creative director can best the mighty NASA as a design partner for the Swedish company.
Created in tandem with NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station, the RUMTID collection is a unique set of products split into product ranges that tackle the issues of urban living: time, space, water and air. Yet to release to the public, the collection includes a contemporary air purifier, a miniscule indoor garden, a range of modular furniture and a unique new material developed for the joint effort. Siri Skillgate, one of five designers involved in RUMTID said, “We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to Earth, focusing on urbanization and small-space living. In Tokyo, there’s a 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 — in particular when it comes to storage.”
Sadly, we’ll all have to wait for the IKEA x NASA collaboration as the line will not go on sale until 2020.
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