A COMBINATION OF HANDCRAFTS AND MODERNITY
The idea of Mujun is to give Japanese crafts a modern twist adapted to a more diversified and global clientele. This team of young and creative designers take their inspiration in the depth of traditional Japanese crafts, and move it to a whole new level, in correspondence with our times.
What kind of traditional handcrafts?
From silk to brass, from the best steel to the finest woodwork, Japanese craftsmanship is renowned all around the world for its incomparable quality and elegance. If you know a little more about Japanese design, you probably may have noticed the ingenuity too, with a deep reflection about “waste”.
In Japanese, “waste of something” is called “muda”. When something is well-designed, let it be a storage, a sculpture, a tool or even a movement (such as in martial arts or in the tea ceremony), in traditional Japanese philosophy it must be without “muda”, meaning “without anything non-essential”. A Zen Buddhistic concept that has directly inspired the now quite a famous idea of “less is more”.
And the historical, cultural and artistic heart of Japan is, by far, Kyoto, which is also the former capital of the Country of the Rising Sun. Though sadly, in the whole country – like in the rest of the world – traditional craftsmanship tends to be scarcer every day, the region of Kyoto still remains a major hub of traditional arts and crafts, with many extremely skilled craftsmen.
You can find gorgeous, handcrafted objects almost anywhere in the city: the finest fabrics, the best paper, outstanding fans made of bamboo and silk, the sharpest and strongest knives… Basically, if you think of a typical Japanese craft, there is a good chance one of the best, if not the best of all, is produced in Kyoto or nearby.
What does all this have to do with Mujun?
The designers of Mujun believe that these Japanese marvels of technique can be revived to take part in our modern lifestyle. They exchange and work with local craftsmen to soak up the essence of their work, to be able to modernize it, adapt it, renew it and give it a whole new life.
The slogan of Tokyo is “old meets new”. It could be, word for word, a slogan for Mujun. The actual one is: “complex simplicity”. A paradoxical yet very true reflection of the depths Japanese craftwork can lead to: it is not simple to get that simple… At least when you want to keep up with the quality that the Japanese centuries-old culture’s demand for perfection.
It is not only about hard work and materials. Japanese craftsmen take pride in how much of their soul they put in every single object they produce. Maybe you can put a price on the long hours and days of work – debatable –, but one can hardly apprehend the real value of such dedication, of a lifetime spent to master their art.
Thus, investing a piece of the deepest part of themselves, these craftsmen would naturally use the best materials and the best tools available, to keep up to their ideals. We are honoured to present you a contemporary version of this way of living: the multipurpose, foldable, Fuji Knife.