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Anyone who has experienced, seen or even heard about Tokyo’s train commuters being pushed into the closing doors of a carriage will understand the city’s incredible population density. With such a huge number of people to accommodate, Japanese designers have become well versed in maximising the use of compact spaces. These tiny houses created by Japanese lifestyle brand Muji are no exception. The Muji Hut is only 9.1m2 and designed to be set up ‘in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden’ for city slickers taking a break from the bustle of urban life. The simple design, earthy tones, and traditional craftwork encompass everything we love about Japanese architecture and design. In a country where even the convenience stores are designed to blend in with their surroundings, it’s no surprise that the Muji Hut also seamlessly harmonises with the natural environment.

The Muji Hut is currently only scheduled for sale within Japan, but if you’re planning an escape into the Japanese countryside you can check out the finer details on the Muji website.

  • Words: Ikumi Cooray
  • Images: Muji

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