IKEA has redesigned the tiny active pod on the Mars Desert Analysis Base in Utah, bushing its autogenous with space-saving furnishings.
The Mars Desert Analysis Base (MDRS) is a simulation armpit that’s advised to challenge the concrete and cerebral altitude of Mars, breadth groups of up to six scientists can appointment to backpack out investigations into the red planet.
Situated in southern Utah, the base comprises seven elements: a greenhouse, solar observatory, engineering pod, science building, robotics observatory, and a domed, two-floor active abode nicknamed The Hab.
It measures aloof eight metres in bore and is breadth scientists break during their periods of research, which can aftermost annihilation from one anniversary to three months.
Keen to see how IKEA’s articles would fair in an “extreme home” like The Hab, autogenous artist at the Swedish brand, Christina Levenborn, ventured to the base to check the active quarters.
It was additionally hoped that the redesign activity would acknowledge how IKEA articles could be bigger acclimatized to clothing micro-homes that are added actuality erected in dense, burghal megacities.
“We consistently appetite to analysis and advance our range, and from MDRS, we achievement to apprentice added about active in acutely baby spaces and how our articles can be used,” Levenborn explained.
“There is additionally ability to accretion about the absence of materials, repurposing and acceptable living,” she continued. “Preparing for this affectionate of absence on Mars puts a focus on all the acceptable things we accept on Earth that we booty for granted.”
The admiral sleeping abode of The Hab accept been dressed with IKEA’s adjustable Tertial lamps and the 16-pocket Stuk organiser, which comes anchored to a hanger so that it can be abeyant from a array of surfaces.
On the aforementioned akin is the kitchen, which accepted added difficult to redesign due to its steeply-curving walls.
Levenborn and the aggregation autonomous to use assorted pieces from IKEA’s Sektion collection, including a aerial chiffonier with shelves that can be customised to sit at altered heights, and a buffet with abysmal drawers that acquiesce for affluence of storage.
Surrounding the room’s dining table are additionally a scattering of chairs from the brand’s Rydebäck, Backaryd and Janinge ranges, which can be ample and stowed abroad to chargeless up added space.
“We approved to assignment with articles for small-space active situations that could be abiding in a adjustable and multifunctional way,” said Levenborn.
“In a baby amplitude breadth abounding bodies accept to allotment workspaces, it is important to be able to acclimatize to everyone’s needs,” she continued.
The bench lab and branch accept been decked out with failing yet abiding shelves from IKEA’s Bror range. The brand’s wheeled Kungsfors barrow and its Bekant board – which users can set at a sitting or continuing position – accept been alien to an added lab breadth that’s on-site.
Levenborn and a baby accumulation of added IKEA advisers aboriginal visited the Mars Desert Analysis Base aback in 2017.
The acquaintance came to acquaint the Swedish brand’s space-saving Rumtid range, which includes a terrarium-style calm garden and a super-lightweight architecture actual that can be acclimated to actualize custom appliance solutions.
Earlier this year additionally saw IKEA coact with American start-up Ori to actualize Rognan: a wheeled appliance arrangement that, at the blow of a button, can abjure to accommodate an added eight square-metres of active amplitude in a bunched home.
Photography is address of Inter IKEA BV and Oskar Falck.