While Japan may be known around the world for its somewhat weird and wacky pop culture, Japanese design in the 21st century has really made a name for itself. Synonymous with thoughtful and understated simplicity, their recognizable aesthetic has permeated global schools of thought in architecture, fashion, the fine arts, and industrial and graphic design. And no one has brought that side of Japan to the masses better than MUJI.
Founded in 1980 with the aim of producing functional, high-quality goods at a low cost, MUJI is basically a hipper, cooler minimalist version of IKEA . Seriously, ask anyone familiar with the name and they'll tell you that. From stationery to linen shirts to snacks, their "no name" branding and honest marketing is instantly recognizable at first glance.
And after decades of success in the eastern part of the world, the lifestyle design heavyweight is finally bringing their goods to the West Coast and satisfying all aesthetes in Vancouver. While fans are eagerly awaiting their first two retail stores to open later this year, MUJI has released a teaser in the form of a pop-up store in the fabulously posh Fairmont Pacific Rim. Part of the larger Japan Unlayered exhibition, the pop-up (on until February 28) is also an exploration into the cultural richness of Japan, integrating architectural models and cooking demos straight from Tokyo into the mix.
If you couldn't grab a a spot (the event filled up fast) – fret not. Check out our sneak peek into what MUJI's got on offer:
Kimonos and the work of Kengo Kuma on display:
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