One of the biggest challenges that you may encounter when designing a new living or working space is getting all the design elements to work well together. This may prove to be even more difficult if you are entering a space which has already been partially-furnished.
If you are clueless about which design direction to take, one of your safest bets would be to go for a minimalist approach. Aside from the fact that clean lines and neutral colors are both timeless and elegant, you will be able to focus more on maximizing function. By avoiding a cluttered look and opting for furnishings and tools which actually do what they’re supposed to, you might just find yourself saving money, maximizing time, and getting a design that is both modern and classic. This is where MUJI can prove to be very helpful.
What does MUJI stand for?
MUJI is the shortened form of Mujirushi Ryōhin, which translates into “no brand quality goods.” The company was formed in 1980, and came about as a statement against the huge discrepancy between the opulence of the rich and the shabby lifestyle of the poor. The company thus began its mission to come up with high quality products made from the best materials. Pricing is kept reasonable. This is made possible by reduction of packaging and streamlined processes.
The company’s no-brand philosophy is best reflected in the simplicity of its products, of which there is a pretty wide selection. Whether you need organizers, clothing, furniture, kitchen supplies, and anything else in between, MUJI probably has just the thing you need.
Elegance in Simplicity
Staying true to its motto, “Back to our origins, into the future,” the company has designed a wide range of products which are devoid of any unnecessary trimmings. Notebooks, pencils, and other similar items are made from environmentally-friendly materials. No unnecessary bleaches or harmful chemicals are used in the production process. Plastic items are sturdy, which reduces the need to get replacements, and storage products are usually stackable, which allows one to maximize both space and function.
In all their bareness, MUJI’s products are better able to blend into any design concept one may already have at home or in the office. At the same time, these present possibilities for customization and creativity. The result is a look that combines simplicity, modernity, and elegance.
It is no wonder then that this trend has been spreading far and wide into several countries across the globe. Perhaps the future of design is really all about going back to the basics.
Photos via psfk.com and neublack.com
Originally posted on March 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm