IKEA Takes Inspiration From Space Travel To Design Products For Small-Space Living
The Swedish furniture retailer draws from outer-space missions to create its latest, compact collection, addressing the consumer need for furniture amenable to small dwellings in an age where more people are moving to big cities
Buying IKEA furniture is often a time-saving alternative to shopping around, but is now moving to save consumers space, too. The home-goods retailer’s new Rumtid collection is inspired by space exploration, drawing from the compact nature of people’s dwellings while on expeditions.
Backed by IKEA’s own research in association with NASA, the collection aims to “explore the future needs of urban, small-space living,” and among many items features lightweight veneers that can be joined together by connectors to create numerous different pieces of furniture. The pieces are designed to give customers not only creativity with their home decor, but also practicality, and are intended to allow for optimum space usage in smaller living areas.
As major cities become even more highly populated, many people are opting to live in micro homes or apartments, which compartmentalize everything necessary for basic living into incredibly small spaces. While this may seem like a practicality, it may also be a necessity for many as rent prices continue to rise while the space available becomes smaller. This new collection from IKEA takes into account the current and future needs of people as cities worldwide continue to grow and new ways of living arise.