For its latest project, Naf Architecture and Design out of Tokyo combined two very different houses—one with a flat roof, the other with a gabled one—to create a single, 859-square-foot family dwelling. Far from feeling disjointed, the Half & Half House, as it's called, is pleasingly uniform but playful.
The ceilings of the two houses were at slightly different heights, an incongruity Nakasi played up for visual punch. He exposed the beams in the higher ceiling and painted them white to match the smooth finish of the lower one. The desk beneath the window is from Muji.
With no space to waste, London-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht turned a 1924 garage into the perfect home product. “You can stand in one space and reach everything,” explains Colin of the precise kitchen layout with its custom-made stainless steel countertop, cantilevered cupboards, and integrated cooktop and oven. The cupboards’ shallow shelves were specially made to take up minimal space and to fit Muji storage jars.
Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home. As such, they were able to make design moves that made sense for themselves but that wouldn't have high resale value, like the Japanese-style master bathroom in the middle of the second floor instead of off of the master bedroom. The traditional setup features bath stools from Muji for washing off.
A couple embarked on a new life together by establishing a homestead on a dilapidated lot in a buzzworthy corner of San Francisco’s Mission District. In the living room, a Dublexo sofa and ottoman by Innovation Living was sourced from Zinc Details. The rug is from Ikea; the Kozy Heat gas fireplace is clad in gray tilework and knotty cedar planks. The clocks are from Muji and the posters are from Paper Jam Press.
Jacek Kolasiński took on this massive renovation project in his dream neighborhood of Szczecin, Poland. For the bedroom, the designer selected a bed by Muji and floor lamps by Lightyears.