Product designers Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic and Naoto Fukasawa have each turned their hand to creating prefab huts for Japanese home store Muji.
The three tiny houses – available to buy in Japan next year, according to Quartz – were revealed over the past weekend during Tokyo Design Week in the city’s Midtown Garden.
Morrison has come up with a ‘Muji Hut’ made from cork, designed with short countryside breaks in mind. The house sits atop a timber platform and has provisions for cooking, eating, washing, studying and sleeping.
‘Whenever I think about going to the country for the weekend, I start imagining a small house with everything needed for a short stay,’ says Morrison.
‘The dream usually collapses when I think of the complexity of building a new house, but with this project I realised there was a chance to design such a house as a product rather than a one-off.’
Grcic has adapted an aluminium lorry container for his structure while Fukasawa has devised a timber hut. The whole front facade of the latter’s design is covered in sliding glass doors, allowing natural light to flood the space.
‘Huts have a charm – not quite a holiday home, not quite like going camping. With a small hut, you can surround yourself in nature whenever you like,’ says Fukasawa. ‘Minimalist living with minimal things – it’s a proposition typical of Muji.’
The huts are the latest series of prefabs by the brand, which has also offered larger-scale homes, including the ‘Furniture House’ by architect Shigeru Ban.