Minorpoet is a Tokyo-based design studio, established and led by Hiroaki Matsuyama. The studio is known for incorporating various traditional Japanese design techniques within contemporary projects. Its practice covers a broad range of skills in creating interiors, furniture, installations and products.
Their latest work, Apartment in Kitasando is not an exception. The team of Minorpoet has overhauled oldish apartment to create a simple home and workspace.
The flat is located in Tokyo and dates back to the 60’s. To resemble traditional Japanese wooden townhouses, a typical entrance featuring an unfloored earthen service space, known as a doma, was preserved to serve as the room to welcome the visitors. The updated single-storey flat is characterized by a long corridor, featuring a remarkable kitchen, inspired by Japanese folding screens, known as Byōbu. When the screens are closed, it ideally emphasizes the clean aesthetics of the apartment, hiding the clutter in the kitchen from view. A bedroom and a bathroom can be accessed by sliding back wooden screens, which were placed at the end of the corridor.