Consciously small: MUJI Toothbrush

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..

Toyo Ito and “Home-for-All” (Minna-no-Ie) – Can People Shape Architecture?

Architect Toyo Ito has been on his journey to re-define the purpose of “modern architecture” through his disaster relief efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami that affected Northeastern Japan in 2011. Learn about his efforts through his “Home for All” project and the Venice Biennale 2012 Japan Pavilion: “Architecture. Possible here?”

Chapter 3-3: Small is engaging – MUJI toothbrush stand

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.

Machiya: The Japanese traditional townhouse

“Machiya (町屋)” is a Japanese traditional townhouse, one of the most commonly found traditional Japanese architecture. Machiya combined a shop and residential units,

The Japanese House Chapter 8: Family Critiques

See how the concept of “family” changed in Japanese architecture: Sky House by Kiyonori Kikutake, Pao by Toyo Ito, House & Atlier Bow-Wow, Light Coffin by Osamu Ishiyama,

The Japanese House Chapter 4: House is a work of art

“A House is a work of art.” It is a famous declaration made by a maverick and legendary Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006) who significantly influenced Japanese modern architecture.

The Japanese House Chapter 5: From closed to open

Kazunari Sakamoto and Toyo Ito led Japanese architecture in the 70’s and the 80’s, experimenting alternative ways to design houses in a drastically changing social environment.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 – Evolution in the 70s and 80s

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 – 21st century perspectives

MUJI solar cooking scale – inspiring everyday product

Many daily household items are not a feast for the eyes, and you are not inspired or excited when you use them. But does it have to be that way? The MUJI cooking scale is just beautiful in design and delivers great functionality (and is semi solar-powered). It is inspiring to find how just one aesthetically pleasing cooking scale can uplift your life.