From innovative materials to impossible shapes, discover how the space industry influenced furniture design during the Space Age. Towards the end of the \u201950s, the US\u2019 confidence in becoming a leader in space flights influenced a vast majority of designers and architects. At the same time at which we would see some buildings with satellite shapes and cars with ornamental tailfins, product designers would start using some revolutionary materials and bring back ornaments in their projects, following the same space-inspired trend. At the end of the Second World War, the whole world was ready to witness NASA reaching outer space. From this excitement derived a true interest from the society for science and technology. On another note, aerospace engineers influenced design and architecture through the adaptability of the materials they created for flight. The research on materials allowed the use of different types of polymers, unlocking infinite shape possibilities. New technical perspectives combined with an interest in abstract futuristic shapes lead to what is known as Space Age design. Nowadays, we observe a rising excitement for the space economy, mostly due to private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin showing a clearer path towards a space tourism sector becoming reality. Let\u2019s take a look at how space exploration influenced product design, from the use of innovative materials to the inspiration on the shapes of products, here is a retrospective selection with some of the most famous Space Age product designs. Space-age interior design for Ego Hair Salon in Beijing by IS Architecture and Design - \u00a9IS Architecture and Design - Cover image - \u00a9Studio Pierre Cardin Panton Chair by Verner Panton The Verner Panton Chair is a true reflection of the \u201cSpace Age\u201d design of the 1960s. The sleek and curvaceous chair was unveiled in the Danish design journal Mobilia in 1967. The chair is made out of a single piece of plastic showing the designer\u2019s wish to play with materials and push their limits. The Verner Panton Chair is a true reflection of the \u201cSpace Age\u201d design of the 1960s KD29 by Joe Colombo The design of the KD29 Lamp dates back to 1965 and is one of Joe Colombo's more recognised projects. Its original rounded shape lights up and is mounted on a thin plastic band recreating a \u201czero-gravity\u201d effect. The design of the KD29 Lamp dates back to 1965 and is one of Joe Colombo's more recognised projects Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio One of the most famous chair designs of all times, the Ball Chair by finish designer Eero Aarnio was revolutionary for its futuristic style in the 1960s made possible by molding the acrylic frame into an almost entirely empty sphere. It was used in many science-fiction films like Mars Attacks! or Men In Black. The Ball Chair by finish designer Eero Aarnio was revolutionary for its futuristic style in the 1960s - \u00a9Asko Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti The Atollo Lamp by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti was revolutionary at the time for its uncommon shape, reinventing the abat-jour with a more solid metallic look. The lamp gives the impression of defying the laws of gravity with the upper part looking like a UFO ready to land. Interested to know more about the iconic design path of Vico Magristretti? Head to Design Icon \u2013 Vico Magistretti. The Atollo Lamp by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti was revolutionary at the time for its uncommon shape Keracolor Keraclonic Sphere by Arthur Bracegirdle The Keracolor is a pure example of space-age design because of its spherical shape reminiscent of a cosmonaut\u2019s helmet, at a time when NASA started to stream space missions on TV. Its design is largely inspired by the Ball Chair seen above. A pure example of space-age design, the Keracolor's spherical shape is reminiscent of a cosmonaut\u2019s helmet Corona Chair by Poul M. Volther The Corona Chair designed by Poul M. Volther is known for its sculptural gravity that lead the way for this piece to be featured in different movies. The form of the chair is inviting, its shape recalls a spine and ribs, the anatomy of a human torso: these forms are made possible by the use of molding polyurethane foam. The Corona Chair designed by Poul M. Volther is known for its sculptural gravity President Lounge Chair by Steen Ostergaard Mainly known for its appearance in Star Trek, the President Lounge Chair 265 was designed by the \u201cking\u201d of Space Age design, the Danish furniture designer Steen Ostergaard. One fun fact about this chair is that some have been molded directly to the ground of Houston\u2019s rocket base in order to stay still when rockets would be launched. The President Lounge Chair 265 was designed by the \u201cking\u201d of Space Age design, the Danish furniture designer Steen Ostergaard JVC Videosphere As suggested with the Keraclonic Keracolor, the Videosphere TV is probably inspired by the astronaut\u2019s helmet. Some say it was influenced by the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, but most designers agree that the shape in itself remains one of the most iconic examples of the early 1970s design ethos. The Videosphere TV is probably inspired by the astronaut\u2019s helmet Curious to know more about designers characterized by their futuristic approach to products and furniture? Don't miss Design Icons \u2013 Karim Rashid.