Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

How Muji Created a Cult Following of Design Enthusiasts

By
This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Tucked behind a CVS Pharmacy and a Marshalls on Hollywood Boulevard sits the Los Angeles outpost of Muji, a Japanese that is venerated by design enthusiasts around the world.

Joe Schmelzer
Neat and clean: Housewares at Muji’s Hollywood Boulevard store.

The store offers a bastion of calm amid the chaos of the boulevard, where character actors do their best Marilyn Monroe or impersonations. Inside the 8,600-square-foot Muji space, with its exposed brick columns and reclaimed wood finishing, are orderly displays of minimalist furniture, housewares, apparel, stationery, food and electronics. The elegantly designed products, which carry no visible brand identifiers, evoke a subtle aesthetic that entices customers to come closer. It is that laid-back beauty, that determination to offer tranquility in a world of noise, that has earned the brand a cult following.

Continue reading this article - and everything on Entrepreneur!

Become a member to get unlimited access and support the voices you want to hear more from. Get full access to Entrepreneur for just $5.

Entrepreneur Editors' Picks