Inspired by space, for a micro-living

IKEA is working on a collection that is inspired by space, to save space for people living in micro-homes. The collection is called ‘Rumtid’ and consist of four different product ranges to lift up four different areas: time, space, water and air.

IKEA has made research on these four elements at the NASA Mars Desert Research Station in Utah to find out what is needed in an urban, small living space.

The first three design has already been unveiled and include a redesign of an air purifier, a new super-lightweight material and a small indoor garden.


The lightweight material is a veneer that is made from wood and waste and shaped into strong hollow tubes. These can be joined together with connectors to form furniture for your need. Since the system is both flexible and has a sustainable production process, IKEA says that the veneer components are ideal for creating furniture for small space living. “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 Marcus Engman, IKEA’s head of design.


When it comes to the air purifiers, not much information has been revealed, but images have been shown so you can see the design. It’s a boxy design with geometric patterns. They will come in three different sizes and three different colours: green, red and off-white.


The same goes for the indoor garden. IKEA have however said that the collection will also include a ‘functional textile that cleans the air’.

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