is an organizing trap
. You walk in to buy just one ballpoint pen, and you emerge an hour later armed with 20 clear boxes and five brown-paper notebooks. It's a Type-A heaven on earth.
With everything from simple slippers to streamlined coat racks, it makes sense this brand would next design a home for all its products. Now, MUJI has done just that — with a three-story prefab home (Tokyo's "the Vertical House") that just won a Good Design
award. Similar to a treehouse, this apartment's levels connect via open staircase, giving the illusion of more space. Intended for densely populated urban areas, it's a minimalist dream. Click through for all the photos — and begin sending wishful thoughts to Japan that this home's next stop will be the States. Then, we can walk out of the store with a floor plan, too.