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Tango0116 Nov 2015 11:40 a.m. PST

"If you shop at Muji, the Japanese emporium of minimalist, space-saving housewares, it's probably to pick up one of its excellent water-shedding umbrellas, or maybe a few of its adorably slender travel toothbrushes. Typically, you wouldn't buy anything that couldn't fit in your backpack.

That could be set to change, given Muji's latest foray into building homes. The retailer—which last year showed off a prototype for a prefab micro-apartment—recently commissioned prototype designs for three tiny prefab houses. Each home in the Muji Hut lineup was created by one of three high-profile designers: Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naota Fukasawa (who's now Muji's head of design).

The three houses are called the hut of cork (that's Morrison's), the hut of aluminum (Grcic's), and the hut of wood (Fukasawa's). Each was made in the image of kyosho jutaku, the Japanese style of micro-homes that is at once bizarre in its aesthetic variability and pragmatic in its consideration for dense urban living. Kyosho jutaku homes in Tokyo include ones built onto a single parking space, and others that use a unique form—like stacked steel boxes that allow the facade to double as storage space…"
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VCarter Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2015 12:28 p.m. PST

I thought it was straw, sticks and bricks.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member16 Nov 2015 1:05 p.m. PST

Fascinating, and beautiful, but.

One thing we still have in the US is plenty of wide open space. The Tiny House movement here is an affectation.

Some apartment-dwellers in our densest conurbations may need these designs. Some have tried to apply these principles to the homeless problem, but. Tiny House design is for people…unburdened by many possessions. People who lead uncluttered lives. American homeless people are junk-hoarders like the rest of us, and one of their biggest problems is, where to keep their stuff when they have no housing.

Tiny House is certainly not for miniature wargamers. We would have to convert to all-electronic gaming, develop a virtual miniatures game based on holographic projection, or we would drown in our own clutter in a Tiny House.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2015 1:38 p.m. PST

As long as the tiny house had a 1000 square foot basement it would be O.K. for a gamer.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Nov 2015 8:19 a.m. PST

About the size of my mini storage room, but much less insulation than my old house in Japan – which is a bit frightening.

I thought it was straw, sticks and bricks.

No that was my design for Halloween.


Tango0117 Nov 2015 11:21 a.m. PST


Agree with you zippyfusenet!


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