Homeware brand Muji will start selling its tiny 9-square-metre prefab huts this autumn in Japan for $27,000.
Called the Muji Hut, the super-minimalist design riffs on the traditional shed, with a corrugated Galvalume roof, bare wooden walls and floors, and a sliding glass door making up its components.
‘It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip,’ the brand says.
Muji Hut is pretty tough too: its exterior features burnt cedar walls, a touch borrowed from traditional Japanese shipbuilding, which helps makes the material more durable.
And though it’s small, it feels surprisingly spacious.
Adds Muji: ‘The interior is compact at 9 m sq, but the porch and the high shed roof create a space large enough for 3–4 people to relax in. The large window at the entrance was originally made to be a shop’s sliding door.’
While the cabin hits the domestic market in autumn, buyers outside of Japan are in for a longer wait – there is currently no timeline for it being rolled out internationally.
The brand – which sells minimalist homewares and stationery as its staples – is becoming a veteran of tiny homes and prefabs design. It’s Vertical House hit the market in 2015, the same year it teamed up with Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naoto Fukusawa on three prefab prototypes for Design Touch 2015.
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