IKEA may have revolutionized your library with its BILLY and KALLAX units – but now they’re set to dominate your shelving’s contents too. Cue, Us & Our Planet: This is How We Live, the furniture label’s new book made in collaboration with global publishers Phaidon.
The book that Phaidon will publish in March 2022 investigates one of the biggest challenges of our generation: living sustainably. Yes, while you may associate the label with ingenious IKEA hacks, the Swedish design house is also recognized for its green approach to shopping – and Us & Our Planet is the next step in their sustainable movement.
The book hopes to create ‘a better everyday life’ for us and our planet through design by exhibiting case studies on a diverse group of people from Mexico to Moscow and everywhere in between. In highlighting the lives and homes of these individuals, IKEA hopes to provoke small actions in your own home – and reshape your modern decorating ideas for the better.
It is split into six chapters – Time, Space, Food, Rest, Play, and Togetherness that all include two case studies and one photo essay that best showcases the IKEA designs in all their glory.
Us & Our Planet: This is How We Live is perhaps a natural step for IKEA who has conducted Home Visits worldwide since the mid-20th century. Their learnings inform their product development and are behind many of their staples that (may) stand in your scheme today. The book explores their most iconic pieces from the past and present – while looking ahead to the future of sustainable design.
Therefore, if you want an idea of what your Poäng will look like in 2030 (when IKEA plans to complete the transformation from linear to circular), this is the book for you.
And the best part? While the book is filled with pages of inspirational content, the cover (above) is set to make a statement on your coffee table. This book will look good and do good – while becoming the designer-it crowd accessory you need to know about. You heard it here first.
Us & Our Planet: This is How We Live will be published in March 2022 (US customers can pick one up on March 2nd, but the UK date will be announced soon). You can pre-order your copy here (opens in new tab) now.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.
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