Magnificant Muji Modular Housing
By James Grahame
Giles Perkins reports: Japanese purveyors of minimalist products Muji have turned their attention to affordable housing with a new range of wooden (and earthquake proof) modular homes. Via their website in Japan ,customers can cook up their dream house as a series of standardised modules pretty much adopting the same principles as the rest of their stripped down product range.
Muji may not mean much to North Americans, but their stores sell a vast range of simply designed staples across Japan and parts of Europe offering stylish and well designed products at very reasonable prices. Whilst these Muji homes aren't presently available outside of Japan, it won't be long before someone jumps adopts this modular, flat pack, instant home concept and although European companies such as Huf-Haus do offer a similar modular approach, it's Muji who've stolen the technological, mass produced march.
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