Designed by Daijirou Takakusa, we love the simplicity of the exterior—the smoothness, the darkness, the boxy-ness of it. How it almost seems to stand apart from the rest of the world. How it seems to protect and encase especially well. Of course, the interior is a light wood surprise. Blonde, simple, modular. Boxy, yes, but in a warmer, more welcoming sort of way.

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