Named after the traditional Finnish word for "cozy at home," Koto is a new UK–based prefab cabin startup founded by husband-and-wife design duo, Johnathon and Zoe Little. After spending the past decade in Oslo where Johnathon worked for Snøhetta, the couple was enamored with the minimal aesthetics of Scandinavian design, as well as the healthy work-life balance promoted in the area. In particular, the Littles were mesmerized by the Nordic concept of Friluftsliv, an expression that translates to "open-air living." Together, all of these elements infused the couple with enough inspiration to create their new company.
The cabins, which can range from a 161-square-foot studio to a 430-square-foot, two-bedroom home, allow for easy flexible living and are available in one, two, three, or four-bedroom combinations. The prefab models can also include special add-on features, such as an outdoor shower, sauna, or even bespoke furniture.
The interiors are bright and airy, and the exteriors are clad in Siberian larch that has been charred black using the Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique. "We are creating beautiful small buildings that allow people to connect with nature and embrace outdoor living," the couple note.
"Our ambition has been to create a lifestyle brand that is centered around Friluftsliv."
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