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.

Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI x Atelier Bow-Wow House Vision 2016

MUJI’s Tanada Terrace Office was developed as an extended office installed in a rural area in order to explore a flexible and organic relationship between urban workers and rural farmers. MUJI employees would work at Tanada Office installed in the outskirt of Tokyo when local farmers need extra hands. Thanks to the technology, we only need a PC and wi-fi connection to perform work.

Want to design your own living style? apply for MUJI House

MUJI challenges our strong belief that houses are “bigger, the better.” Meet their lovely, engaging houses — exactly because they are small.