Earlier this week at Tokyo's annual Design Touch event, the well-loved Japanese "no-brand" purveyor of furniture and home goods launched a new line of prefab micro-homes, called Muji Hut. Take a look inside the three debut models designed by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, and Naoto Fukasawa.
With a footprint of just 106 square feet, this Muji Hut prefab unit by German designer Konstantin Grcic makes a case for tiny, vertical living. The exterior is made from aluminum and wood.
Inside, the spare, monastic wood interior includes a lofted space, suitable for a sleeping area. The open, tiny floor plan makes for a flexible, no-frills retreat.
A semi-transparent, shoji-style sliding door allows filtered sunlight into the space, while also maintaining privacy.
The second Muji Hut, by British designer Jasper Morrison, who splits his time between his studios in Paris and Tokyo, features dark brown cork cladding, a timber porch, and gently sloped roof.
While still simple and modest, it includes a few more amenities than offered by Grcic's design, including a wood-burning stove, sliding glass doors, tatami-style flooring, and a row of clerestory windows.
It also includes a small kitchenette equipped with a sink, wooden countertop, and a dining area/nook. The door to the left leads to a bathroom.
The third hut, by Muji's head design consultant and revered product designer Naoto Fukasawa, is made primarily of timber. Ideal for an outdoor retreat, it features a pitched roof and an expansive wall of glass.
As with Morrison's Muji Hut model, it includes a wood-burning stove and small kitchenette. As suggested by the cot and spare setup, it'd make for an ideal retreat from urban living.
The main draw of Fukasawa's hut: a bathroom featuring a large, Japanese-style tub with a view.