Space settlements have never looked more possible, especially with Elon Musk making too many promises at every conference he speaks at, and backing them up with too many feasible alternatives. So designers all over the world have taken the impending move to space as their cue to start designing products that can be easily transported and used on other planets, in this instance, Mars.
Thomas Misse is a Switzerland-based designer who has designed the "Mars Chair" with precisely this interplanetary colonization in mind. The carbon fibre chair has been designed with cost and space optimization in mind.
Each chair weighs only 500gm on Earth, with each of the legs angled at 8 degrees in order to provide better support in low gravity areas. Additionally, the chairs are only 2mm thick, meaning they can be stacked more efficiently than most chairs, if not all, on a spaceship. The key to the chair's lightweight frame is the use of carbon fibre.
"Carbon fibre is usually an expensive material, however in this context, its ratio between weight and strength will make it a cheap alternative to most furniture’s materials," says Missé on his website.
Because of its design, each chair will save around 7000€ along with 75% of packing space on a ship. Estimated costs by Misse’s team for transport a kilo of materials/goods to Mars stands at 5000€ ($5899.75) per kilogram.
As plans for settling on space come closer to becoming reality with every passing day, more and more designers are creating products suited for the future.