Check our interview with MUJO Nyc
When it comes to jewelry & accessories there is only one thing that truly matters, details. Its a materials ability to age with its owner that makes it so special. Craftsmanship is a hard task to master, for MUJO Nyc details have become a way of life. MUJO is a brand that lives and breathes detail. Their products are catalyst of a clean & balanced design. Often inspired by the rugged & worn culture of Nyc, MUJO produces essentials that are designed to last a lifetime.
We caught up with the brooklyn-based brand to talk on the process of creating such detailed pieces. Diving into the past and present we find out that MUJO has been able to stand the test of time. The brand is headed to the top and isn’t looking back.
Check out the full interview below:
Introduce yourself, what you do for the brand etc.
My name is Simon Zhang, and I’m the Creative Director for MUJO. I oversee all of the design and production of our pieces as well as create all of our marketing/branding material. I also do much of our photography and run our webshop.
MUJO, can you expand on the brands name a little more? Where did it come from?
Mujō is the Zen idea of impermanence, or the idea that you’re not bound to one path in life. I found the idea when I was working my last job (buttoned-up, corporate gig), and it motivated me to quit. With our first line, the Isan Beaded Collection, we tried to capture that idea in a product with the gold bead symbolizing a “break” in one’s life path. It’s a little cheesy, but it means something to me.
As a Jewelry company there has to be an emphasis on quality. For MUJO what is quality?
For us, quality exists in the imperfections. It is the hand finished feel of each piece, the unique patina and marks a piece develops as someone wears it over time. It is the ability to wear something for a lifetime and pass it down to your children. Quality can exist in base metals like brass or precious ones like 18K gold so long as it develops its own unique character and withstands the test of time.
The brand’s style clearly favors that of a minimalist feel. Do you ever see yourself coming out of that style? If so anytime soon?
I don’t think so. We’re experimenting with more materials and colored finishes, but at the end of the day, we are guided by really clean and balanced design. We never want to create a product that has any aspect that feels “extra.” Less is always more.
From a designer standpoint where does the inspiration for your design come from?
From a technical design standpoint, we are inspired by industrial forms (e.g. the I-Beam) and a lot of architectural elements. We try not to be defined by trends, but there’s definitely an element of my own personal style that influences the types of products we create and the way we style them.
For us, quality exists in the imperfections. It is the hand finished feel of each piece, the unique patina and marks a piece develops as someone wears it over time.
A lot of what we see from the brand is wrist wear as well as necklaces, Will the brand ever venture passed that into anything else? Say electronic accessories?
We’re focusing on jewelry now as we build our brand, but we’ve started working with some local leather craftsmen to prototype some other wearable accessories. In terms of electronic accessories, I love the idea of functional pieces that add everyday value to people’s lives, so it’s definitely something we could see ourselves collaborating with or actually producing when we have the right resources.
Mujō is the Zen idea of impermanence, or the idea that you’re not bound to one path in life.
What about Diamonds? Any talks of giving the consumer that anytime soon.
We’ve been doing a lot of custom work in solid gold recently, which I initially said I would try to avoid… so nothing is off limits.
What can we expect next from the brand?
Very big things in the form of small objects.