This is the way home design usually goes: Architects design the box, which interior designers then fill with objects, which in turn are made by product designers. Sure, it's an efficient system when it comes to task-delegation, but the result often does not produce the most efficient design.
Through the years, Shigeru Ban has fought against such inefficiencies, and in 1995 he introduced the idea of a “Furniture House”—one that would do away with unnecessary and repetitive structure, that would use furniture itself as the “posts-and-beams.” And soon, thanks to a collaboration with Japanese design store Muji, you'll be able to own your very own Furniture House—at an affordable price too!
Shigeru Ban's Furniture House for Muji. Image via.
Ban's latest manifestation of the project, which debuted last year at at the House Vision exhibition organized by Muji Art Director Kenya Hara, is fittingly sleek and airy. Thanks to the innovative use of storage units instead of columns or loading-bearing walls, the ceiling looks like it could float away at any moment.
Muji, which has a history of supporting innovative prefabricated housing, has announced that the Shigeru Ban kit house will be for sale later in the year. We can’t wait!
Interior of the Furniture House for Muji. Image via.
Furniture House by Shigeru Ban for Muji. Image via.
Kengo Kuma's modular design for Muji was previously also sold through the store. Image via.