Muji for the masses

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Racked NY

Muji, the Japanese lifestyle anti-brand (Mujirushi Ryohin translates roughly as “no brand, quality products”), has 200+ stores in Japan and continues to build its following while opening new stores in Europe and the United States.

In their bright shops you’ll find homewares, paper goods, linens and clothing. And everything adheres to the modern aesthetics of clean lines, simplicity, functionality. It’s kinda like IKEA, kinda like the Container Store. But more refined, more crisp. More Japanese. And the spare philosophy extends to Muji’s ecologically friendly packaging and manufacturing processes.

What is it that appeals most – Is it the clean functionality of the products? The “no logo” branding scheme which makes us believe we’re supporting a sort of populist design for the people? The low prices? I don’t know, but wouldn’t my place be super tidy with everything tucked neatly away in Muji organizers?

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