Muji sells high quality generic products at inexpensive prices; think Ikea with better taste and a Japanese flavor of minimalism. This is its background music. Bruce Sterling: "More starkly minimal than the muzak from lesser outlets of capitalism."
For one week in 1992, video and performance artist Christian Jankowski visited supermarkets to hunt down his groceries with a bow and arrow. From the description of "Die Jagd / The Hunt": To rebel against modern society, to return to nature: in pursuit of these primeval instincts, for one week, Jankowski lived off goods he… READ THE REST
Harrods is a fancy department store in London and the largest in Europe, with an illustrious history to go with its sprawling floor plan—and similarly enormous catalogues. The 1912 Harrods for Everything book is 1,525 pages long, illustrates more than 15,000 products, and was backed by a then cutting-edge logistics operation that included telephone ordering… READ THE REST
The UK generally lacks space for big-box stores that sell everything, a la Wal-Mart. That niche in the ecology of consumerism was occupied instead by Argos, which crams a similarly vast inventory into basement warehouses and allows shoppers to order from a showroom. In this showroom are dozens of laminated catalogs featuring all the stuff… READ THE REST
It's a toss-up over which harmful airborne pathogen is most disruptive for every American living on the west coast these days. As horrible as coronavirus has been, experts would probably say the recent wildfires have been what's truly been borderline apocalyptic from an air quality standpoint. In fact, global air quality trackers with IQAir said… READ THE REST
The website Autowise recently asked fans on Twitter to name their top American dream car. And as it turns out, the U.S. has more ecologically minded car owners than you might think. In fact, drivers in 20 states said the dream car they salivated over the most…was a Tesla. As that survey shows, the luxury… READ THE REST
With most of the world more conscious than ever about their carbon footprint and the sustainability of the actions they take, it begs an important question — can air travel ever be green? Unfortunately, giant planes provide a giant amount of carbon emissions. In fact, one flight from New York City to Amsterdam produces emissions… READ THE REST