Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara is known for his “emptiness” design philosophy as you can see in MUJI products. He says we shouldn’t own too much because it will ruin the beauty of our living environment. Find his take on decluttering to live a truly rich live.
While many people are excited about Marie Kondo’s “katazuke” (tidying-up) method, there are a certain number of people who disagre. If you are curious why people react to her so vehemently on both sides, it may help to understand the unique “Japanese-ness” she represents in the niche of decluttering. A hint: cleaning can be philosophical!
TAKEO Paper Show “SUBTLE” was originally held in 2014 in Japan as part of the exhibition series that has been presented by the Japanese paper company, TAKEO, since 1966. It was brought to the newly opened “Japan House” in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles, to quietly but powerfully showcase the potential of “subtlety.
The exhibition “BUTTERFLY STOOL 60th:カタチの原点 (the groundwork of the form)” focused on how Sori Yanagi, a trailblazing industrial designer in Japan, came up with the idea of a beautifully minimalist stool that consisted of only two pieces of plywood held together by a couple of bolts.
MUJI’s toothbrushes, most likely designed by Naoto Fukasawa, are small. When you use it, you would feel like you are brushing your teeth one by one, because the head is about the same size as one tooth. You would be brushing one teeth, then the space between the next teeth, and then the next tooth, and the gumline..
MUJI’s tiny porcelain toothbrush stand is one of MUJI’s most popular items. Customers buy them in bulk, often assortment of different colors, and use them for various purposes, not just as a toothbrush stand. Not only was the product well received, it unleashed users’ creativity.