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  • Design
  • Issue 49

Good Enough

The case for plainness.
Words by Alex Anderson. Photograph by Christian Møller Andersen.

It’s a mistake to believe that the primary goal of design is beauty. Aesthetic satisfaction is, and should be, a byproduct. MUJI, the successful Japanese product design company, has confidently accepted this idea: Rather than relying on visual enticements to capture customers’ attention, MUJI produces what it calls “quality goods” that it feels are better characterized by terms like “simplicity” and “emptiness” than by “beauty.” The company’s three-word motto, “This will do, ” underlies its approach to aesthetic considerations. It is up


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Nine

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