IKEA presents “Us & Our Planet: This Is How We Live”, a book about life at home and sustainable living

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The book explores one of the biggest challenges of our generation and how people around the world are creating healthier and more sustainable ways of living.

IKEA proudly presents Us & Our Planet: This is How We Live, a book produced in collaboration between PHAIDON and IKEA. Together, they have teamed up to explore one of the biggest challenges of our generation: sustainable living.

Us & Our Planet looks at the life at home of twelve everyday people including activists, artists, athletes, and gardeners as well as young families across the globe. From Mexico to Paris, Bali to Beirut, the book shines a light on the small things one can do to make our world a little better.

Since the 1950s, IKEA has conducted home visits all over the world to find out more about the way people live and investigate how daily life at home can be improved. This feedback informs product development and is mirrored in new generations of the IKEA range. Inspired by IKEA’s life at home visits, Us & Our Planet presents case studies of a diverse group of individuals and families around the world. The book also highlights some of IKEA’s most iconic products born from this approach over the past 70 years.

Us & Our Planet is structured into six thematic chapters: Time, Space, Food, Rest, Play, and Togetherness. Each chapter features three iconic IKEA designs, two life visits – interviewed and photographed by local writers and photographers – plus one photo essay by a photographer who has interpreted the theme of the chapter.

Under the theme of Togetherness, the chapter features Singapore’s Soh family, who have brought togetherness and the ‘kampung spirit’ to their neighbourhood by building a twenty-first century community hub. The unique haven, comprising of their family home, an urban farm garden, a cooking school, and a research-and-development lab, is better known as “One Kind House”. The Soh family are an inspiration to their local community and embody IKEA’s larger call to action for each one of us to take small but important steps at home to make our world a little better.

IKEA Life at Home Contest

In line with the themes of the book where people around the world shared different ways to live healthier and more sustainably, IKEA Singapore is holding a Life at Home photo and story contest open to all IKEA FAMILY members, from 10  to 27 March 2022 (terms and conditions apply). Winners will be announced by 11 April 2022.

To participate, head to IKEA.sg/lifeathome and share three to five photos with a short personal story about your life at home or hood relating to one of the seven themes - Time, Space, Food, Rest, Play, Togetherness or Sustainability.

The top three entries can win a S$1000 IKEA gift card and a copy of Us & Our Planet each. All participating entries will receive a complimentary copy of Us & Our Planet and a $10 IKEA Gift Card.

Get a Free Copy of the Book In-stores

From 10 March 2022, IKEA Family members are also invited to collect a free copy of the book in-stores, while stocks last. 

Simply approach a co-worker and flash your IKEA Family membership physical or digital card at these locations in the store:

  • IKEA Jurong, Level 3 entrance Level 2 Customer Service area
  • IKEA Alexandra, L1 entrance near Swedish Food Market
  • IKEA Tampines, Level 3 entrance outside Småland

The book is also available on phaidon.com, and will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Image credits IKEA 



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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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