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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. We recently spoke with Kanai, through a translator, when he visited L.A. ahead of the launch of a new Muji store at 2936 Main St. in Santa Monica. The store, scheduled to open this month, will be...

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