It's an urban fantasy: living right above your favorite store. But one man in the quiet town of Toshima, outside of Tokyo, actually lives inside his store! The homeowner has converted his tiny 355-square-foot corner unit into a dual-use home and shop with the help of ON Design Partners. On the weekends, the back corner of the home is transformed into FIKA, the owner's Scandinavian antiques shop. Separated only by a two-story shelving unit, the store and small home become part of a quaint -- and intimate! -- shopping experience.
FIKA loosely translates to "coffee break" in Swedish. Entering the back corner of the home through its own private sliding-door entrance really does feel like taking a break from the city streets. A shelving unit stretches along the two levels, with merchandise for sale on the lower shelves and the owner's personal storage and belongings sitting on the top shelves. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the small kitchen through the shelves; the rest of the private quarters are tucked away upstairs.
Photos: Koichi Torimura
[via spoon tamago]