Issue One – ‘Peak Stuff’ (a mind issue)
The Peak Stuff Issue
What is ‘Peak Stuff’? And why did we choose this as the topic for Issue One?
At the beginning of this year (2016) we came across the term ‘peak stuff’ in an intriguing context. Steve Howard, the head of sustainability at IKEA, was speaking at a Guardian Live event in London and said ‘If we look at a global basis, in the West we probably hit peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff … peak home furnishings.’ That statement created a flurry of interest in news media across the world, and sent our editor off on a research mission to find out what ‘peak stuff’ meant.
It turns out ‘peak stuff’ is a theory that has generated quite a lot a thought, in a range of disciplines, over the last decade or so.
When we reached out to the contributors for this issue, we asked them to consider these questions:
The call for a less materialistic life has informed philosophies and religions across millennia and across the world. As has the belief that possessions cannot make us happy. But for the first time it is being suggested that living a simpler life is now an achievable, and even inevitable, reality for our (read Western) societies.
Have we, the people of the developed countries, reached the point where we no longer need more throw cushions? Is reaching peak stuff going to save us from environmental disaster? Does it represent a fundamental shift in human behaviour and a huge challenge to theories of economic growth?
Important as these questions are, we would like to focus on one, specific aspect of peak stuff in this issue of ‘Ligature Journal’ — our response and responsibilities as designers.
Get your copy now to find out how they responded!
FOR A SNEAK PREVIEW…
Greg Foyster, Anna Citelli & Raoul Bretzel (Capsula Mundi), Dane O’Shanassy (Patagonia), TJ Cowlishaw (AARLI), Sarah Koik (The Grandma Museum), Michael Johansson, Annabel Lahz, Felicia Semple (The Craft Sessions), Rachael Cassar, Jessica Priemus (Bhalo), and Warehouse TERRADA.
Grange Offset from KW Doggett
Print managed by SEED Print Group
Release date: August 2016