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Muji Comes to America; Michael Bierut No Longer Needs to Fly to Tokyo For His Fix

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We can finally end our letter-writing campaign to Sam Hecht; today, the retail stars have aligned. Muji‘s first US flagship store has been announced as a tenant in the Renzo Piano-designed New York Times building, says the New York Observer. But it sounds like we won’t be the only ones camped out on the sidewalk before the grand opening:

“Finally, a flagship Muji store in midtown,” said acclaimed New York graphic designer Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram, who has designed the wayfinding system in the new Times tower. “New York designaholics have been waiting a long time for this. Now I won’t have to fly to Tokyo to get my Muji watches.”

So our only question is: Is it the two-tone? Or the bangle? You know, we could totally see him sporting the bangle. He did, after all, make our Best Dressed List.

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Sam Hecht’s Quiet Brilliance

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BW’s Helen Walters covers the “holistic approach” to design for tiny UK shop Industrial Facility, which is best known as home to Sam Hecht, who is best known (to us at least) as the papa of Muji, designer-worthy wonderland of goods that can largely only be found in lands besides our own. Witty, sweet Hecht was one of the highlights of AIGA’s Gain Conference, where he showed the “balance of simplicity and impact” that makes for some of our favorite Muji-things.