IKEA’S new collection has been years in the making – and it will improve livelihoods worldwide

The series is a modern take on traditional handicraft designs – and we rushing to bring them into our homes

IKEA’S new collection 2021
(Image credit: LOKALT / IKEA)

IKEA has just made it possible to pick up home decor that not only looks good but does good too. Cue LOKALT – IKEA's ethical collection that was created in collaboration with Akanksha Deo – a Delhi-based IKEA in-house designer and local creators from Amman, Delhi, Bangkok. 

Each cushion cover, rug, basket, and bowl are handmade with textiles and ceramics by social entrepreneurs in Thailand, Jordan, and India. Together, they are working with IKEA to promote equality and improve livelihoods in vulnerable regions across the globe. The series, which took several years to create, is fueled by the Jordan River Foundation, Doi Tung in Thailand, Industry in India, and Diamond Carpets female weavers in India. 

Ethical IKEA collection 2021

(Image credit: LOKALT / IKEA)

In her discussion of LOKALT, Maria O'Brien, Creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply, shared the collection exhibits a 'modern and expressive take on traditional handicraft,' before adding how the pieces are 'full of quirky details that tell stories from the places where the products are actually made.'

'The ceramics are giving a tribute to the Thai way to serve food; there are glimpses of everyday life in Amman in the home textiles and expressive shapes inspired by the Indian heritage in cushion covers and rugs,' Maria adds. 

IKEA’S new collection 2021

(Image credit: LOKALT / IKEA)

Meanwhile, Neelam Chhiber, Managing Trustee at the Industree Craft Foundation in India, shares that their relationship with IKEA is 'crucial,' as it brings the 'power of a big business' to their organization and will therefore benefit a more significant number of lives.

IKEA collection 2021

(Image credit: LOKALT / IKEA)

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LOKALT has arrived just in time for the summer months ahead, as these international treasures bring hints of traditional faraway shores into any modern home, and it's all for a good cause. What more could we need? 

IKEA will launch the collection in 294 stores in 25 markets from June 2021. We can't wait to fill our blue bags with every single piece. 

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

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 whilst 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.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.