This year's competition theme was 'found', a nice concept referring to the idea of reusing the wisdom of those who have come before us — very MUJI. The winning entry was Straw by Yuki iida.
The original meaning of the term "straw" was "wheat straw". Wall art depicting people using straws of wheat to drink from have been discovered from ancient Mesopotamian ruins. Straws of wheat are forms created by nature; they are materials that return to the soil. There's no waste in either the shape itself, or in its actual existence.
One of the judges Jasper Morrison summed up the third MUJI Award as the best so far and was impressed (or relieved perhaps) that this year's entries were more holistic and thoughtful bucking the trend of visual games in design we've seen emerge in recent years. Click through for more of the results.
Trash Pack for outdoors by Ken Sugimoto/Eri Sugimoto.
A trash bag that easily stands up by itself. By taking advantage of the triangular pack that originated in Sweden and has been used for years for serving milk for school lunches in Japan, we were able to achieve a sense of stability, while the tendency to worry about the actual contents of the bag has been lessened. Can be put to good use when camping, on a picnic, or with other outdoor activities.
Pictured left to right:
Second Skin by Jbaptiste Sénéquier
A Precise Stapler by Joonhyun Kim
Camelia washing-up liquid by Huang Yi Tang
Tachia Mat by Jung-Chen Hung/Chia-en Lu
Grandpa's Nail Hook by Masashi Watanabe
Judging the competition entries.