My Found MUJI East Asia Exhibition

The concept of Found MUJI was first established in 2003. With expansion of capitalism, technology grows and globalisation develops rapidly, daily objects are getting increasingly similar while the unique local culture and craftsmanship are diminishing throughout the world. In order to preserve the precious life wisdom and living culture inherited from the older generations, MUJI launched the Found MUJI project, searching throughout the world for culture and craftsmanship that are valuable and worth preserving.

Innovations of MUJI are not simply a process of creation, they are a review of living by “Searching and Finding”. Found MUJI searches for daily commodities that exist so naturally and familiarly in people’s daily lives, retains their essence while refining them to suit our contemporary lifestyles, cultures and customs, and reproduces them at reasonable prices, so that these beautiful traditional objects can be continued.

My Found MUJI project has been launched since 2012. MUJI staff would gather and discuss what kinds of items could qualify for the proposition “What is Found MUJI”, and then visit relevant production areas to study how the artisans produce the items. Seeing with the naked eyes how such products are used so casually in daily life, then observing how they are actually made and getting to know the places that they came from, it gave us a chance to re-acknowledge the magnificence of handicrafts, skills and technology rooted in various areas.

My Found MUJI East Asia Project

My Found MUJI East Asia is the first overseas project of My Found MUJI, jointly participated by MUJI staff from the four regions of East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. Having a mild and warm climate with rivers and monsoon, the agriculture and fisheries are well-developed in the East Asia regions of high population, and contribute to the formation of unique living culture. By observation on daily lives, MUJI staff of these four regions searches for durable and long-lasting daily commodities. These items were then gathered and meticulously selected through the filter of MUJI, consisting of staff from each of the four regions and the MUJI advisory board, to become Found MUJI products.

From 4 August, My Found MUJI East Asia Exhibition will be held at PMQ. Over 30 pieces of representative items from the four regions in East Asia will be showcased together with their backgrounds. By understanding the tradition and culture of local and neighbouring regions, we can re-discover the values of our surrounding objects and have a brand new perspective on the living culture of Hong Kong.

My Found MUJI East Asia Exhibits Examples

  • Hong Kong - Bamboo Steamer

    The bamboo steamer is a kitchen ware made from natural material together with the wisdom learned through daily life. Bamboo has a concentrated density which absorbs moisture when steaming. It thus prevents droplets from accumulating on the inside wall. The steamer has an inner wall and an outer wall which allows the steam to circulate equally in between. We can enjoy warm dishes and the authentic tastes and textures of the ingredients using the steamer. It is a feature that cannot be found from stainless steel steamers.

  • China - Bamboo Woven Basket

    Chinese people use bamboo baskets at home since their elder generation. Back in those days, they used it more often as a bag for grocery shopping or fruits and vegetables storage. It is made from the bamboo skin that is easy to be bended and weaved. The basket is also durable for long lasting use.

  • Taiwan - Pampas Grass Broom

    The broom probably has a history of over 30 to 40 years. It is lightweight and simple in design. It can conveniently sweep away tiny specks of dust and is an essential item for daily life. Even just have this leaning against the wall, it creates a kind of harmonious peace at the scene.

  • Korea – Onggi

    Onggi is often deemed as a "breathing" container. Due to its breathability, it helps to keep stable temperature and prevent the food inside from getting rotten. It was firstly made to preserve Jang (Korean sauces and pastes) and fermented foods. This everyday item shows the ancient wisdoms of the Korean people.

Theme
My Found MUJI East Asia Exhibition
Date
4th August (Fri) - 20th August (Sun) 2017
Venue
S201, 2/F, Block A, PMQ, No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 20:00