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  • 5 Questions: The Muji catalog of life and design all about simplicity

     5 Questions: The Muji catalog of life and design all about simplicity
    As president of Muji, the Japanese retailer that takes its name from a term that means "no-brand quality goods," Masaaki Kanai has worked with designers such as Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. But you won't see any designer credits — or brand logos — on the waste-reducing packaging for his company's sublimely minimalist housewares, eco-friendly storage systems and bed linens made from shirt-quality Oxford cotton.
  • New Austere showroom highlights Nordic designs

    New Austere showroom highlights Nordic designs
    After years as a marketing consultant, Fredrik Carlstrom has branched out and opened Austere, a scrupulously curated showroom devoted to Scandinavian design. “Retail is not the sole focus,” Carlstrom said during a recent tour of Austere,...

    Japan's Shigeru Ban wins Pritzker Architecture Prize

    Japan's Shigeru Ban wins Pritzker Architecture Prize
    Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has used high-strength cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing conflicts, on Monday was named the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's...

    Los Angeles Modern Auctions sets record with Asawa, Nakashima works

    Los Angeles Modern Auctions sets record with Asawa, Nakashima works
    Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), which sold 86% of the nearly 400 lots offered in its Sunday sale, reported the highest total in its 22-year history Monday, realizing $5.12 million in sales, including commissions. The surprise of the show was the...

    Travel Postcard: 48 hours in wintry Helsinki

    Travel Postcard: 48 hours in wintry Helsinki
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Don't let sub-zero temperatures and darkness put you off visiting Finland's capital city in the winter, when its Art Nouveau and modernist buildings are covered in a layer of snow. Finns know how to make the best of wintry weather,...