IKEA and NASA create an out-of-this-world range

The Swedish furniture giant has teamed up with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a futuristic collab set to launch in 2020.

IKEA has announced it is working with the space agency on a futuristic new collection inspired by the universe and the extreme elements within it.

The Rumtid collection, which translates to ‘spacetime’ in Swedish, will hit stores for a limited time in 2020, and will be released in four parts.

The IKEA x NASA collaboration is set to hit stores in 2020.

The four launches will feature products based on the concepts of time, small space, water, and air.

“We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to earth, focusing on urbanisation and small space living”, says Siri Skillgate, one of five designers involved in the collaboration.

While we’re yet to see the range in its entirety, a sneak peek gives away the inclusion of a sleek air-purifier and terrarium that resemble a spaceship; a modular block-style furniture staple; and an indoor garden platform.

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A tubular building block is also set to make waves and revolutionise small living spaces.

Made from an innovative new lightweight material derived from veneer and rolled into hollow tubes, the simple building block is said to be able to transform just about anything.

“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.

The production process of the tubes leads to next to no waste, making it great from a sustainability perspective.

In preparation for this anticipated collaboration, the IKEA team spent time at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah before conducting a further research period in Tokyo checking out small space solutions like capsule hotels.

These experiences inspired the design team and helped to shape the Rumtid collection.

We’ve got a little while to wait until this groundbreaking collab hits stores, so in the meantime, you can get excited about some of the items in the range in the gallery below.

All images courtesy of IKEA.

Originally published as IKEA and NASA create an out-of-this-world range by Katie Skelly. Author at realestate.com.au.