MUJI, the Japanese purveyor of minimalist objects for the home and office and a philosophy of moving toward a “pleasant life and society,” continues to expand into the business of actually making homes available to its customers.
A year and a half ago, MUJI revealed plans to begin selling huts: small, humble abodes that would allow users to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, anywhere they wanted. They commissioned 3 notable designers – Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic – to create concept huts. But in the end, they decided to go with a design that borrows from each.
“It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip. Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life. This was the vision behind our radically new MUJI hut concept.”
Simple but spacious, the MUJI Hut offers a 9.1m2 living space and a 3.1m2 patio. Despite its tiny nature, the hut harbors plenty of light as a result of the large sliding door and the additional window facing it.
The exterior is all shou-sugi, burnt cedar wood which has been traditionally used in Japan for its durability and antiseptic properties. In fact, all the wood used to make the hut is sourced from Japan. The floor is reinforced concrete with a raft foundation to ensure that your small home won’t blow down or get soaked during storms.
Sadly the hut will only be released in Japan. But if you happen to live there, MUJI will construct this hut for you on any property you own for ¥3 million (about €25000) . The price includes everything but work permits and other legal fees you may incur, depending on the location you choose.