Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

The Japanese household brand MUJI is often dubbed “commercial Zen” for its no-frills, minimalist design and approach. But exactly what kind of Zen aesthetics are seen in MUJI? Two prominent designers Kenya...

Model of House N designed by Sou Fujimoto

Experience the model of the "House N" designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto at the exhibition “The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows.”. The multi-layered house ambiguously and...

MUJI House “Yo no ie” model home

We visited the model home of the "Yo no ie" in Chiba, Japan. Yo no Ie is MUJI House's latest product and first single story house, focsed to open toward the outside environment....

What is Zen?

Zen is a school of the “Great Vehicle” branch of Buddhism that focuses on meditation. While its core tenets inherit Buddha’s teachings just like others schools, Zen occupies a special space in modern society...

Kengo Kuma Exhibition: a LAB for materials

In-depth coverage of Kengo Kuma exhibition “A LAB for materials." in 2018 that focused on how Kuma leveraged various architecture materials to re-define our relationships with nature....

Church of the Light by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando re-created the “Church of the Light,” one of his landmark works he designed in 1989, at the exhibition “Tadao Ando: Endeavors” held in Tokyo in 2017. It is stunning to see how light meets concrete,...

MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

MUJI released a “hut” in 2017 which is even tinier than a “tiny house.” Coming with the interior size of 9.1 m2, it delivers agility, mobility and flexibility you would never expected from a house. “Place it...

Beauty of ambiguous architecture: Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto, one of the most sought-after Japanese architects today, has the incomparable ability to define spatial dimensions and to let a unique kind of abundance emerge even from limited spaces. He often...

Welcome to zero = abundance, your online resource to re-define “happiness” by exploring the potential of “less is more,” leveraging Japanese Zen aesthetics. We offer a variety of ideas and stories on the minimalist lifestyle, design/architecture, business and social change that will help design your own happiness without relying on “more stuff.”