Articles related to “Minimalist”

Happiness through the lens of Minimalists

Can we become happier and freer by giving up our belongings?  As counter-intuitive as it sounds, minimalists claim we definitely ...
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MUJI solar cooking scale – inspiring everyday product

We subconsciously categorize products we purchase into two groups: cool or nice-looking products we want to display and show off, ...
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Minimalist and Zen: What’s in common?

While the life style trend to become a “minimalist” is relatively new, the word “minimalism” has been around for quite ...
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MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

In the previous article, I identified “small,” “agile,” ”mobile,” and ”temporary” as key aesthetics in next generation architecture.  It is ...
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MUJI Oak Bench: Minimalist, agile and versatile

Our daily life is supported by many single-purpose products.  The bed is for sleeping, the table is for eating or ...
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Discover the aesthetics of “less is more”

Slowly, but steadily, the idea of “less is more” is spreading.  The magic of tidying-up and decluttering is gaining momentum ...
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Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

IKEA’s “Better Shelter” has been awarded the Beazley Design of the Year award, presented by the Design Museum in London.  ...
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Kenya Hara and the aesthetics of “emptiness”

This website is about Zero.  Zero is a concept that finds its origin in ancient Indian philosophy.  In the thousands ...
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MUJI x UR: MUJI beautifully fixes-up old-fashioned urban apartments

It’s been about one hundred years since the world has entered the era of aggressive industrialization. Whereas it has achieved ...
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Discover the magic of smallness: MUJI’s toothbrush stand

There is something arresting about MUJI’s porcelain toothbrush stand.  Even though, or exactly because it’s so small, you are drawn ...
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Where would millennials live when they go minimal?

Millennials have different views on consumption.  Growing up in a recession and burdened with big student debt, they have less ...
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Japanese minimalist design and traditional Zen & Zero culture

Minimalism is often associated with Japanese traditional Zen-style design.  Zen style arts and design focuses on eliminating any unnecessary frills ...
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Haramaki, Heattech or MUJI?: waste heat recovery of the people, for the people

Waste heat recovery is one of the measures you can take to improve energy efficiency. For example, a large kiln ...
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Anonymous is beautiful: Zero in Naoto Fukasawa’s design

Naoto Fukasawa is a highly acclaimed Japanese industrial designer who designed many iconic products, including household items for MUJI.  A ...
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Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

MUJI, founded in Japan in 1980, offers a wide variety of good quality products, including household goods, apparel and food ...
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“Deceptively simple line”: Charlie Brown, a cartoon of Zen

Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA is a small yet engaging museum about Charles Schulz and the Peanuts ...
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Grand Third Living: Kengo Kuma x Toyota House Vision 2016

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a symbol of clean technology. Elon Musk, the founder of Telsa and SolarCity, often describes ...
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Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto: House Vision 2016

The Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is a master of "ambiguity." He challenges simple dualism: natural vs. artificial, nature vs. architecture, ...
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Hiragana-No Spiral House: Yuko Nagayama x Panasonic

Remember the fable “The Three Little Pigs?” It is a story about three piggy brothers, where each builds a house ...
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Want to design your own living style? apply for MUJI House

MUJI, which pursues the philosophy of “empty vessels,” challenges our strong belief that houses are “bigger, the better.” In July ...
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Celebrate what you already own: Patagonia

The first inspiration for Zero = abundance came from Patagonia's Black Friday event "Celebrate what you already own."  I had ...
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Tune-up your senses at optimal level through decluttering

Marie Kondo, the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” tells us to keep belongings that give us joy ...
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