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Japanese Retail Company Focused on Understated Design for the Office and Home

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I can spend hours in this store for no good reason, but I actually buy stuff.

  • Mar 14, 2009
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I first encountered MUJI years ago during a stint living in NYC and I last encountered one in Paris, France. I love stores that sell home goods (like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn) and can spend hours in them, roaming the aisles looking, oogling, and wanting to buy stuff that I know I don't need (how many white serving bowls should one lady have?). In this regard, MUJI is no different.

But what is different about MUJI is that I actually buy stuff there. MUJI not only sells dishes and furniture, they also sell clothing, bath accessories, office supplies, and interestingly designed decorations. I bought my first pair of toe socks (not the rainbow toe socks everyone has, but heather-grey toe socks that somehow seem more sophisticated), an eco-friendly bookshelf, coloring pencils, and a hair clip--all under one roof. Still, there are things they sell in MUJI that I just don't understand (like the cardboard owl-making kit), but I suppose I can see why people would want to buy them (you wouldn't see it anywhere else).

MUJI would be a great place to buy gifts for people who you never know what to get--it's too bad they're not everywhere like C&B or Pottery Barn. Check out their Web site: http://www.muji.net/eng/

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March 15, 2009
I first found this store back in 2006, I was in Hong Kong, where they have this two-story MUJI megastore! I bought socks, a pepper grinder, a salad dressing beaker, and ties for my boyfriend. All of these things still hold up to this day!
March 15, 2009
I have never heard of this company, I looked at the website, their designs are so simple and innovative, I really like that. No frills. Too bad there isn't one in Boston, I would definitely stop by!
March 14, 2009
OOOH sounds great do they have a website?
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