Muji Moves to New York

Well, actually this amazing Japanese store has already made a cameo appearance in New York in the Museum of Modern Art, but for those of you who enjoyed that taster of this unmistakable ‘no brand’ brand, you are going to love the full blown Muji experience that is due to take shape in the New York Times Building. This will be Muji’s first flagship store in the US and it’s going to be a big one! Forest City Ratner Companies, which owns 700,000 square feet of The New York Times Building, has told us that Muji is leasing 5,000 square feet along 40th Street. Bruce Ratner, President and CEO of FCRC, said, "We are honored that MUJI has chosen to put its American flagship store in The New York Times Building. I'm especially pleased that a global pioneer in environmentally friendly retail practices will be a centerpiece of our retail mix. MUJI's dedication to useful and well-designed products makes them a perfect fit for the elegant and environmentally advanced tower Renzo Piano has designed." The store will be designed by Japanese interior design architect Takashi Sugimoto and is due to open for the 2007 holiday season. So you can all start making you Muji Christmas lists now then! Hmmm let me see… some recycled cardboard desktop speakers, one of those colourful recycled waste cotton t-shirts, ooh and you never know when an earthquake pack might come in handy! ::Muji

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