(!) ahhh, it’s funny how when I traveled anywhere this summer, the store that i will always go to, where they do have the store, is Muji. I have to buy something from there if there happens to be a store in the city I was in. I prize my Muji stationary and writing utensils especially my two wooden Muji ballpens that I will always have on me. (they’re in my "whats-in-my-bag" post) love love love. cause they’re tiny and just perfect for my small handwriting. :P & of course their wooden block toys ie: the Paris blocks I bought for Steph. (btw: this post is especially for you Steph)
Anyways, so Muji reopened and re-branded their first store in Tokyo, Japan to “Found MUJI” a concept store. Already, I love the name: found objects-antiquing-history-storytelling-vintage-i-could-go-on. But I love the reasoning behind it as well. This is the description of the store from their website:
" What is “Found MUJI?”
Mujirushi Ryohin has always put emphasis on “exploration and discovery,” rather than on making things. We look at life from this perspective. We have searched the world for durable, long-lasting everyday items. We slightly update them to fit with changes in customs, culture, and lifestyle; and then reproduce them at a fair price.
Under the name “Found MUJI,” we started a journey in 2003 to find good products, ones which would take us further than ever into the remote corners of the Earth.
Among the things we find, there are those that, at their present quality, would be difficult to incorporate into our current lifestyles. Bringing them to a contemporary standard of quality, while in dialog with their makers, we improve and remake these items as Mujirushi Ryohin products. We make good products better, adapting them to the needs of a modern lifestyle while retaining their original essence and refining our eye for quality.”
The philosophy of exploration, discovery, and evolution is something that inspires me so much.
They’ve also put up two video on the history and art of making things on their youtube site. The connection to tools, making things and making well crafted items have always been close to my heart. ! Ah loves.
Maybe this will inspire you more for your IRN project, Steph, since you know, you and Muji. ;)