March 30, 2019

MUJI opens its first hotel in Ginza and reinforces a lifestyle of minimalism

Who’s involved and what is it?

Japanese lifestyle MUJI has few equals when it comes to the realm of minimalist design. Their footprint extends into all facets of life including homewares, fashion, stationery, furniture, cafes, and more. Its most recent endeavor is the opening of a MUJI HOTEL in Tokyo’s Ginza ward. The hotel falls under the philosophy of “anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap,” a belief that aims to revitalize and relax guests at an affordable price.

  • 79 rooms over 9 different layouts
  • Max occupancy per room is 2 guests
  • Mattresses based on sleep and posture research
  • Lightning elements based on natural sleep cycles
  • Other on-site amenities include two restaurants, a library, and of course a MUJI store
  • The hotel joins existing locations in Shenzhen and Beijing

Why it’s important?

Travel has become an increasingly important part of our lives and especially for the emerging younger generation. While MUJI may not fall within the budget-side of the hotel experience it most certainly will provide a considered experience for guests at a reasonable price. By virtue of hotels being an emerging part of the MUJI business, we also suspect that the experience will be a priority above all else as opposed to financial goals.

For more information, head over to the official website.

MUJI HOTEL GINZA
No. 103 3-chome, Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan

March 4, 2019

Smart fabrics will make your long haul flights more enjoyable

Smart Fabrics Can Improve Your Flights

Believe it or not, your next long haul flight might become a tad bit more enjoyable. The team over at Layer (a creative design firm based out of the UK) created a new smart fabric designed to help you feel better and save space on airplanes. The innovative thread system, along with other innovations, will help travellers get more out of their journey and hopefully feel refreshed upon arrival.

What are smart fabrics and conductive thread?

The smart fabric can conduct electricity across the plane, enabling currents to alter different aspects of your seat. For example, the thread can:

  • Change the firmness of your seat – this helps ensure its more or less demanding for different body parts and can optimize itself during the flight
  • Alter seat temperature – gone are the days when you’d be boiling when taking off and freezing as you touch down
  • Track your posture over time via an app – now you’ll know why your back is all messed up

The concept includes an app which passengers can download to track and change every facet of their seat. In fact, the app can also act as an in-flight advisor, suggesting different postures and even telling you when you should move around or grab water to stay hydrated

Optimization is the name of the game

In case you had hoped otherwise, airlines aren’t planning on limiting the number of seats anytime soon. Since you’ll probably get that middle seat between one person snoring louder than the white noise and another foul-smelling passenger, smart fabrics are a welcome addition. In addition, the Layer team also included new designs for vertical tray tables to give passengers more space. The intelligent layout means you’ll save a couple of extra centimeters which make a world of difference on longer flights. All these incremental difference dramatically impact the weight of an aircraft as smart fabrics require less padding in seats. In addition, the design would decrease waste from manufacturing, reducing environmental impact and airline’s bottom line.

Airbus, the airline manufacturer, worked with Layer to design and create this prototype. Ultimately, they will be the ones to see if it makes sense to turn this vision into a reality. As avid travelers ourselves, we hope they make it happen!

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