Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Muji

On my to do list for my Saturday with designer friends in NYC is to go to the new Muji store that just opened. It appears to be an ikea/container store with emphasis on clean functional design. I just read this article in the NY times about the opening in which a couple who is being interviewed states that they are selling all of their possessions on e-bay until they only have the things they use on a daily basis. I like the idea of minimalism, but the creative lifestyle is kind of inherently filled with inspiration...better known as clutter.

I also love how the article calls Ikea a "gateway drug" for good design.

And you know how I love a good manifesto.

Because there is complexity in purity.

Elegance in plainness.

Intricacy in streamlining.

Richness in reduction.

Depth in minimalism.

Surprise in uniformity.

Innovation in re-use.

Cool in the avoidance of cool.

And there is true
sophistication in simplicity.

7 comments:

adam said...

NYC saturday? what you doing that night? who you comin up with?

My name's Haley said...

I thought I was going to your house to watch Helvetica. I think I'm coming up with Melissa.

Danielle said...

muji is scross the street from my office!!!

Danielle said...

This reminds me of what I told my dad a while ago about the difference between artists and designers:

Artists hate Ikea

and designers love Ikea.

I'm Haley said...

Haha that's pretty profound. I LOVE IT. are you going to Tatz's for movie watching?

Danielle said...

YES. I called u yesterday but you never called me back. Do you still like me?

carolyn said...

I loved every one of those manifestos.......... miss oyu!!