“Emptiness” – A Creative Receptacle by Kenya Hara

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Great news, Muji’s opening its first store in Australia, right here in my city of Melbourne (at Chadstone mall to be specific). On a similar note, Daiso just opened yesterday at Chaddy and Melbourne will open its first UNIQLO store on Lonsdale street sometime in 2014. Some exciting stuff to look forward to so good on ya Melb, it’s about time we get updated. Next up, bring H&M and Forever 21 pretty please? Moving along now, Kenya Hara is a Japanese communication designer, design philosopher, professor and is Muji’s art director. He’s produced a number of exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Tokyo and London and is an author of several books, his most popular one being ‘Designing Design’. Since Mr Hara’s currently visiting Melbourne for the first time, RMIT were lucky to have him for an hour or two to give us a public lecture about his approach to design thinking and brand identity of Muji.  If you didn’t know already Muji is a Japanese livingware brand that specializes in simplicity – simplicity achieved through a complexity of thought and design. Mr Hara talked about the concept of ’emptiness’ and how it ties in with traditional Japanese aesthetics to excel at turning simplicity into luxury. It is a means of communication, people invest their thoughts in “emptiness”.

MUJI opens on the 26th of November. You’ll receive a MUJI Original Cotton Shopping bag with every purchase on the day.

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Cute notepad and pen packed in a MUJI envelop at the lecture

Dream the World Awake

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A short visit to the  Walter Van Beirendonck exhibition one afternoon was pretty exciting. It had this creepy/eerie/’what the hell’ atmosphere with mannequins positioned in varying heights, some were as high as 15ft above the ground, some slightly hidden behind others and staring straight at you.  I didn’t know who Walter was ’til I got to the RMIT design hub (we were encouraged to go see the space for this week’s exhibition design homework….and I didn’t even know we had our own design hub oh my goodness). Beirendonck is a Belgian fashion designer who uses graphics, unusual color combos and humor to describe his own sense of style. If you’re in the city near RMIT go visit building 100. You might be inspired.

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Look at these two lovely folks. Can it get any creepier?

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All about Black Milk

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Over the weekend I woke up dead early to catch the Black Milk sample sale with a friend of mine and boy oh boy was it hectic or what!? Black Milk only sell their products online and the brand is popular for their nylon leggings with unique designs. I’m not a fan of those cheap-looking, plain black cotton leggings that should only be worn to gym but I am a fan of leggings with either a subtle or flowing pattern print design and ever since a friend introduced me to Black Milk last year, I immediately fell in love. This sale only happens once in a while and it’s worth going to if you’re a fan like myself. Everything was $30, literally  more than half the online price.

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Black milk designs can get over the top, some of them are too bright for my liking…I mean look at those pantone leggings and the triangular shaped ones! I’m not gutsy enough to wear those out in public.

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Ooh we also managed to stop by for a spicy pork meal bucket at Seoul Soul. Good treat after lining up in the cold for hours. SO GOOD!

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Here’s my collection of leggings/jeggings. In the end I got my hands on a pair of tetris leggings and I’m loving it! Shame most of the good designs were already gone by the time we arrived. The last purchase I made from BM was the koi fish print and it definitely isn’t going to stop there. Some other recent purchases I made were from Boohoo.com, UNIQLO, Forever 21, eBay and Topshop.

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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