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Saturday, July 12, 2008

MUJI Online

 


Hey everyone!

Quick post to let my stylistas out there know that if you're a MUJI addict, you've got company.

It's ridiculous. When I was in London, the store was down the street from the flat, and by the time I left all the salespeople knew me by name. Every time I went in, there was some crazy beautiful, crazy simple thing I fell in love with.

A Muji hair band and set of barrettes? A cut to size raincoat, a little plastic case for my rebecca walker cards, a little black bag for the plane, an insanely fantastic plastic juice jug?

This gorgeous dish scraper?

All of these items became absolutely necessary. I couldn't figure out how I had lived so long without them.

So if you're and old Mujirer or a new one--I feel your pain. And so do lots of others.

I'd love to know your favorite item.

xo

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca, I love their range of office products, their flip flops (£4!!) and their bags. Their watches make great presents too :-)

7/13/2008  
Blogger Lance Tango said...

Hey Rebecca,
So here is yet another subject of discussion that I'm somewhat tortured about. I LOVE beautifully designed products. And I'm a fan of designers like Ray & Charles Eames, Carlo Alessi, Shin & Tomoko Azumi, Isamu Noguchi, and a whole list of others. Yet at the same time, I have this deep seeded association with designer products and a social construct of "privilege." (I actually have a lot of mixed feelings about consumerism in general.) Am I just crazy or overly intense? If I were to give into my desires to own one of these items, would I be able to appreciate the beauty of the product without feeling a sense of shame or guilt? In any case, when I use to manage a retail store (ironic considering my feeings about consumerism) in the Los Angeles area dedicated to “storage and organization,” I met a woman who worked for MUJI-USA. She and I had a wonderful conversation about the MUJI products - her level of enthusiasm was infectious. I actually tried to foster a business connection between MUJI and the company I worked for, but nothing ever came to fruition. Maybe you can shed some perspective as a way of helping me to overcome my association between owning artfully designed products and having a shame-filled sense of privilege. Thanks!!!

7/20/2008  
Anonymous Ex-Londoner said...

Hi Rebecca,

actually I have always wanted to post something much more meaningful and political on your site but I am afraid Muji is the first subject to raise.

Here we go. I used to live in London and I would hit the Muji store on Tottenham Court Road every Saturday. I bought a Trenchcoat there in 2004 and although my gf noted that it looked like a lab coat I have sort of not stopped wearing it since. I had dinner in a Greek restaurant the other day and was heart-broken when a carrot-coloured potatoe rolled over it. The gf simply commented: That's because you refuse to take the bloody thing off even when you are having dinner. I got the stain out by the way.

I also bought the little black bag for laundry, recycled cotton T-shirts, linen trousers, shower gel,scented candles that do NOT give you a headache, tiny notebooks, a notebook case, organic cotton towels,very tasteful duvet covers and yes, those flip-flops and for my next visit I have laid eyes on the beautiful olive wood pestle and mortar. I would also love to buy the double bed and probably everything else they sell.

I don't know what I would have done without them since British interior style (affordable) can be a bit too flowery for my liking.

Since they have very affordable stuff I do not even feel guilty to purchase anything there. I also think that, as you noted frequently, it is very important to surround oneself with beautiful things. It has an instant uplifting effect on at least my psyche.

7/23/2008  
Anonymous Ex-Londoner said...

Hi Rebecca,

actually I have always wanted to post something much more meaningful and political on your site but I am afraid Muji is the first subject to raise.

Here we go. I used to live in London and I would hit the Muji store on Tottenham Court Road every Saturday. I bought a Trenchcoat there in 2004 and although my gf noted that it looked like a lab coat I have sort of not stopped wearing it since. I had dinner in a Greek restaurant the other day and was heart-broken when a carrot-coloured potatoe rolled over it. The gf simply commented: That's because you refuse to take the bloody thing off even when you are having dinner. I got the stain out by the way.

I also bought the little black bag for laundry, recycled cotton T-shirts, linen trousers, shower gel,scented candles that do NOT give you a headache, tiny notebooks, a notebook case, organic cotton towels,very tasteful duvet covers and yes, those flip-flops and for my next visit I have laid eyes on the beautiful olive wood pestle and mortar. I would also love to buy the double bed and probably everything else they sell.

I don't know what I would have done without them since British interior style (affordable) can be a bit too flowery for my liking.

As you frequently commented, Rebecca, people always had the desire to surround themselves with beautiful things, make things, enjoy beauty. Muji is very affordable and has contributed loads to making style purists like I am very happy.

7/23/2008  

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