More Than Another Prefab: Muji Prefab

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My values and beliefs were partially created through my experience living in Japan.  I like minimalist.  I like clean, sharp lines.  I like modern.  I like small, but functional.  I appreciate that a grain of rice means something, especially when times are tough.  And this is why I’m excited to hear the news of Muji coming to America.  Technically Mujirushi Ryohin, roughly translated as no-name quality goods, is the full name.  Muji is coming to the US to influence consumers that dig the no-brand, minimalist style sans in-your-face product identifiers.  I wear shirts inside out just so the brand doesn’t show sometimes, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to offer.   

Muji has 387 outlets in 15 countries, including 34 stores in Europe.  America is next on their expansion plans with a store starting in Manhattan, and the possibility of stores to follow in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Muji sells all sorts of stuff, such as socks, a front-loading washer/dryer combo, cardboard speakers, aluminum business card holders, and even a line of prefab homes (starting at $115,000).  Not all their products are green, but they are of the modern aesthetic.  Choose wisely, I say.  Also, we’ll have to wait and see, but I’ve heard rumors that their stuff isn’t cheap.  Some people compare them to IKEA, but with a Japanese flavor.  Let’s see how the Manhattan opening goes.  See BusinessWeek + Muji (Japanese). 

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  • http://www.futurehousenow.com JohnCommoner

    I’ve never been to Japan, but I am infatuated with Japanese modern homes. A “Japaneses flavored IKEA” would be pretty neat, as would a Japanese prefab house in America. Green or otherwise we in the U.S. can learn a lot about living more efficiently from Japanese houses.

  • http://www.jenesysbuildings.ca/ Frederick Brummer

    i too lived in japan for a large portion of my life. about a quarter of it at this point. while we definitely have a lot to learn from the japanese when it comes to efficiencies of space, i have to say that most of the buildings i lived in while i was there were absolutely horrible from an energy-efficiency standpoint. despite the fact that tokyo winters are somewhat more temperate than what i’m used to in canada, i found them much harder to bear because of the seeming utter lack of insulation in the home. i wonder if this has something to do with the tradition of building walls out of paper. anyway, love Muji, love japanese design, love japan, but I would be wary about building a muji house before I knew a little bit more about their energy requirements.

    for anyone who’s interested, i’m working on this energy-efficient pre-fab system:
    http://www.jenesysbuildings.ca/products-ecube.html

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  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    NY Times has a pretty interesting article about MUJI.

  • james

    cynthia stop trying to sell your GARBAGE on this blog.. these homes and steel mobiles homes that you sell AKA shit holes have NOTHING in common..

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