Muji’s second store opened today at noon on the ground floor of the New York Times building on 40th and 8th Avenue in New York City. PSFK took a walk through the 4,350 square foot space early this morning as the final tweaks were being finished. Our overall impression is that the store is much more refined than the Soho sibling. Part of this comes from the fact that the architectural shell the Muji team moved into is brand new. But it didn’t come without challenges. There is really only one solid wall in the whole space. The other three are all glass facing the street or the interior courtyard of the building. This meant that all the merchandise would have to be displayed on freestanding fixtures on the floor. Rather than move a lot of large solid shelving units into the space, the design uses all glass shelving to keep the interior as transparent as possible. Natural wood is also used extensively in large chunky display tables that create a nice contrast against the glass.

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