Organization: MUJI Pop-up
Date Opened: August 2019
Address: 545 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri.: 10AM – 8PM
At the end of August, Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI opened up a pop-up gallery right here on Broadway. No stranger to SoHo, a MUJI store has already existed in the neighborhood since 2008–their first location in the U.S.–and re-opened their store on Broadway last year. The new pop-up, which will be on Broadway until January, showcases the brand’s design history. Not a store per se (though a selection of homeware is available for purchase), the pop-up displays “…classic MUJI items, an exhibition of posters throughout the label’s history, and videos highlighting its special global initiatives.”
The pop-up also highlights the work of late MUJI designer Ikko Tanaka. Tanaka served as the brand’s art director from its founding in 1980 until 2001. He passed away the following year. The main focus is an exhibit of Tanaka’s posters, which blends traditional Japanese art with principles of modern design. His approach to design helped shaped MUJI’s aesthetics and is still visible in MUJI’s products and retail experiences today. MUJI’s pop-up is now open on Broadway; be sure to stop by to learn about their history and then visit their retail location just down the block!