Naoto Fukasawa’s style is very unique: it talks a lot without uttering any words. His sleek, minimalist and quiet design makes you feel like it’s almost dissolving into the surroundings. However, while his products blend with the environment, their beauty and charm stands out silently, yet powerfully. There is something very magnetic and engaging in his work.
Engawa, the narrow wooden strips attached around the periphery of a house has been an indispensable part of the traditional Japanese house, functioning as a sun porch, a workshop, a venue for socializing and a buffer to shield the house from harsh weather. Learn more about its various faces and versatile applications.
MUJI’s Tanada Terrace Office was developed as an extended office installed in a rural area in order to explore a flexible and organic relationship between urban workers and rural farmers. MUJI employees would work at Tanada Office installed in the outskirt of Tokyo when local farmers need extra hands. Thanks to the technology, we only need a PC and wi-fi connection to perform work.
Architect Sou Fujimoto is a master of “ambiguity.” With Rental Space Tower, he maximizes the joy of sharing by blurring the boundaries of private ownership.
This summarizes the major aspect of what modern architecture has been attempting to achieve: stability and security. “But I am increasingly fascinated by a house made of straw,” says architect Yuko Nagayama, who designed HIRAGANA-NO SPIRAL HOUSE, with Panasonic.
MUJI challenges our strong belief that houses are “bigger, the better.” Meet their lovely, engaging houses — exactly because they are small.