"Cork Hut", image via Design Boom
"Cork Hut", image via Design Boom

Three world-class designers have been retained by MUJI to create homes for exhibition at the Design Touch 2015 event in Tokyo, Japan.  MUJI, the Japanese lifestyle brand credited with being “simple” and “nature-oriented,” showcases their concept of tiny homes that live up to all expectations.

"Cork Hut," image via Design Boom
"Cork Hut," image via Design Boom

Among the three buildings is a “Cork Hut” designed by British designer Jasper Morrison. As the name implies, layers of cork make up the façade of the house, with a sloped roof on top of the whole structure. The hut is elevated above the ground level with a timber ​porch surrounding all sides--a practical design to keep stormwater out of the room. Inside, living spaces include a kitchen, dining room, laundry space, and bedroom. 

"Truck Hut", image via Design Boom
"Truck Hut", image via Design Boom

The second home, designed by German designer Konstantin Grcic, is an aluminum hut that is small enough—9.8×10.8×14.8 feet by measure—to avoid the hassle of local planning permits. Inspired by warehouse trucks, the house is built with the same lightweight technology and fabrication system that a truck container is made of.

"Truck Hut", image via Design Boom
"Truck Hut", image via Design Boom

The designer says that the "Truck Hut" does not have to be a fully-functioning home, but can function as a flexible living space for a studio, tea room, or study.  The house offers additional storage with an attic overhead, which is connected to the ground with a staircase.

"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom
"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom

The third home exhibited by MUJI is a wooden cabin designed by Japanese product designer Naoto Fukasawa.  The house, targeting urban residents, boasts a mixture of modernity and peacefulness, with dark timber cladding and a corrugated roof.   

"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom
"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom

The "Timber Retreat," in the mind of the designer Fukasawa, stands somewhere between a holiday house and a camping site, providing a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. For that purpose, anything unnecessary or purely decorative has been eliminated from the hut, leaving essentials like a folding bed, dining table, and fully-equipped bathroom (including a nice tub).  

"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom
"Timber Retreat", image via Design Boom


 Visit DesignBoom to find more about Muji’s “cork hut,”truck hut,” and “timber retreat.”