IKEAs New MicroLiving Collection Inspired by Mars Mission

first_imgStay on target Sure, it would be great to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and move to Mars.But for those folks who can’t telecommute, IKEA is researching the next best thing.The Swedish retailer joined NASA and students from Lund University School of Industrial Design to “use space knowledge for a better everyday life on Earth.”For nearly two decades, Master’s students have traveled to Houston, Texas, to study at the Johnson Space Center, where they design intergalactic products for astronauts on a three-year mission to Mars.Now, IKEA hopes to gain some inspiration for a “new curious collection on space.”“We love doing the impossible, and what is more challenging than exploring space?” Marcus Engman, design manager at IKEA Range and Supply, said in a statement. “Small-space living is a fact in space, and we want to learn from that as this is a reality to more and more people.”Anyone residing in a crowded city understands: Micro living is here to stay. According to the United Nations, as reported by IKEA, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2050. Which means more people vying for less room.IKEA to learn from space journey to Mars (via IKEA)Space flight, meanwhile, has always been cramped. So IKEA hopes to learn from future missions to Mars and apply those discoveries to products and methods for everyday life on Earth.“We are curious to see what makes a space travel homey, what boundaries and restraints you need to work with and bring that knowledge into our product development,” Engman said.Men and women in blue-and-yellow striped shirts, however, will not be on board the first rockets to the Red Planet.“This collaboration is not about IKEA going to Mars, but we are curious about life in space, the challenges and needs, and what we can make out of that experience for the many people,” Michael Nikolic, creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply, said.“When you design for life in a spacecraft or planetary surface habitat on Mars, you need to be creative yet precise, find ways to repurpose things and think carefully about sustainability aspects,” he continued. “With urbanization and environmental challenges on Earth, we need to do the same.”As part of this joint project, IKEA will examine NASA’s planned Mars habitat and determine how the furniture maker can contribute its “experience and knowledge about what makes a home feel like home to people, even if it is on Mars.” Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field last_img read more