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 Hara and Naoto Fukasawa give us inspiring clues.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 2-2

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 1 (2)

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

How to survive the coronavirus recession 2020

Economy is slowing down. We are anxious. But what do we worry most as a worker and consumer? Are there things we can do to make the situation better for ourselves?

Forget about what Rudy Gobert did: Coronavirus emergency is much bigger

We cannot afford to waste our time blaming each other. The next virus may already be in line, ready to sneak into our world. If social distancing is so effective, it’s time to seriously start thinking about leaving enough distance between people and pathogen-rich wild habitat.

Coronavirus: we live in the era of EID (emerging infectious diseases)

Coronavirus and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDSs) didn’t emerge from nowhere. Deadly pathogens have been making a significant strides to sneak behind our backs to trigger the outbreak. And believe or not, our economic activities has been helping them all way long.

General tools: are they literally the tools to make our life easier and happier?

MUJI x UR: MUJI beautifully fixes-up old-fashioned urban apartments

MUJI has been working with the Japanese UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) to re-define and re-invigorate danchi, old-style condo complex that house thousands of residents at one location.